Psychoanalysis Unit


1001 Days Film Screening

28 February 2024, 6:00 pm–8:15 pm

1001 days film poster

Join us at the Psychoanalysis Unit for a film screening to reflect on the experience of motherhood in challenging circumstances. Please note this event is in-person only.

Event Information

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Psychoanalysis Unit


Room 544 (in-person only)
1-19 Torrington Place, UCL


The first 1001 days after conception are crucial to a child’s development. Yet in the township of Alexandra in Johannesburg, survival is a constant struggle for young mothers who often have to raise their children alone, and barely have time for themselves and their babies. Through a series of intimate, and at times, uncomfortable, conversations, 1001 Days presents a snapshot of motherhood in Alexandra during the crucial first three years of life.

A group of women from the Ububele Home Visiting program, who are themselves also from Alexandra, are working to transform the neighbourhood by improving the mental well-being of mothers and their babies. They do so by talking and offering advice to the mothers. 1001 Days centers on home visits made by three of the women, Thandiwe, Khosi and Zanele, as they work to build bonds of trust with the young mothers.

The film’s producer, Rose Palmer, was awarded her PhD in early child development while working for the Psychoanalysis Unit and the Anna Freud Centre.

Tickets include light refreshments which will be provided on arrival 



Light refreshments

Welcome and Introduction

Film Screening

Q&A with the film’s director, Zikethiwe Ngcobo, and producer Rose Palmer

Director: Zikethiwe Ngcobo, Chloe White
Producer: Rose Palmer
Executive producer: Katharine Round for Disobedient Films
Cinematography: Chloe White
Editing: Catherine Meyburgh
Screening copy: Whalebone Films
Festivals: World Premiere, Sheffield Doc Fest 2023, International Premiere, IDFA 2023
Awards: Special Mention Youth Jury Award, Sheffield Doc Fest 2023