By Catalina VILLAR


Documentary - Pre-Production 2020

All I knew about my grandmother was that she was a pianist and that she was lobotomized. When I learned her eldest son, the “anti-psychiatrist” I admired, authorized this treatment: it was a shock. I want to understand who Ana Rosa was and why most lobotomies were made to women.

& Awards

Fondo de desarrollo Cinematográfico - FDC 2019
Estimulo a producción de Largomettraje Documental
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Historical, Family
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Catalina VILLAR
    • Writer(s)
    • Catalina VILLAR ROSA
    • Producer(s)
    • Cristina VILLAR ROSA (Perrenque Media Lab ), Federico NIETO EL´GAZI
    • Synopsis
    • Ana Rosa was a pianist and the music was the only thing that went through the wall of silence.
      She was never talked about in the family, neither my father, nor my uncle psychiatrist, his children. But I was told many times that I looked like her. Later, that she was "crazy". That she had been given a lobotomy…; most lobotomies in the world were made on…women
      I later learned that it was his eldest son who suggested that treatment, before he became the eminent anti-psychiatrist which I so admired.
      The only photo I have of her, who died shortly before my birth, is a photo of an identity card. The rest is a mystery that I want to reveal: I want to know who it was and why they committed this brutal act on her.
      oday the story of Ana Rosa haunts me because it is tragic, because it speaks of women, of the functioning of the brain, and because through it one can understand something of the relationship between psychiatry and society.