How to Heal A Nation

A cultural conversation and event series that explores approaches to healing nationwide divides.

Britain seems to be an increasingly divided nation. North vs south, the super rich vs the food bank poor, men vs women, the “woke” vs the “traditionalists”, those who encourage the future vs those who yearn for the past. Recent political and global situations have illuminated those divisions. Brexit, Covid-19, #MeToo, Black Lives Matter have revealed the extent of those divisions and the threat they pose to Britain’s evolution. 


How to Heal a Nation is a cultural conversation that explores and tests ways to heal those divisions on a nationwide basis through talks, events, workshops and partnerships. Bringing together Britain’s most creative thinkers and practitioners, How to Heal A Nation will look at some maverick and wise approaches to healing divides across the worlds of work, society, culture, health and the environment. Who are the people designing ways to breach those deep divisions? What kinds of healing social justice approaches are needed in the face of divisive challenges? And what personal healing practices might we try that could connect us in new ways?


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In Partnership with Birds Eye View Film

Part of BFI Woman With a Movie Camera Summit

July 16th, 6pm

Gaylene Gould and Mia Bays, Director of Birds Eye View Film,  will host a conversation-workshop exploring ways that cinema and its' workers can begin to heal from the culture of male violence toward women.   Publicly outed abuses of women committed by men working in film and TV, has opened a deep wound and highlighted the structural power imbalances that scaffold the industry. Many women working in film carry generations of pain making the need for healing spaces within the industry crucial. What might such spaces look and feel like ?


Participants will explore creative practices from a range of practitioners that might help tackle and transform the trauma embedded within cinema's culture and our own bodies and stories.

Shumela Ahmed of Resilience Learning Partnership will give insight into the critical importance of building Trauma Informed media organisations and sectors.


Healing and embodiment practitioner Mina Aidoo will explain why its important to centre our bodies  in healing and share some practices.

Author and activist, Winnie M Li previously worked in film producing and festivals. Her award-winning debut novel, Dark Chapter, is a fictional retelling of her real-life stranger rape, from both victim and perpetrator perspectives. She is currently adapting it for screen. Her next novel Complicit (pub. 2022) is set in the film industry and explores gendered violence and harassment. Winnie will talk about her own work and share some short creative writing exercises also useful for releasing the effects of trauma. 

This event is part of the BFI Woman With A Movie Camera Summit. Tickets can be bought here:



Still from Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash