Movies are loved by billions of people around the world, they watch them for entertainment, or to deal with situations, or even as a hobby. “Movies are a form of therapy known as cinema therapy, a form of expressive therapy for overcoming mental health issues,” says Felix Banderembaho, an assistant lecturer in the department of clinical psychology at University of Rwanda’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Comedies, for instance, make us relax and give us pleasure. A good laugh enhances the intake of oxygen-rich air, it acts as a great exercise for the heart, lungs and muscles, while increasing endorphin, a chemical associated with increased pain tolerance,” Banderembaho says. Experts say that sad and scary movies also have a positive effect on brain chemistry too by boosting the production of endorphins that are released by the brain. TV shows or movies that reflect on one’s current issues, experts say, can help one better understand a situation and find a solution. They spark debate about an opposing point of view while educating and enlightening. They recommend not being on screen for a long time, as it could lead to other negative impacts on your life. At least have a bottle of water to drink while watching something. Alice Uwineza, a movie enthusiast living in Gikondo, says films are ideally a good source of knowledge and skills. “They help me learn new things, develop creativity, while sharing different tips, like how you can improve your life, business or career. I find them motivating and often make you feel good,” she says. Peter Musoni, a wedding planner, says movies bring families together while developing confidence and social life, and help us deal with situations. “Films are not only good for entertainment, but to also teach us lessons and help us deal with difficult situations,” Musoni says. Movies to watch this weekend We have a few suggestions to add to your list for this weekend’s watch: The Sixth Sense (1999) Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist, starts treating a young boy who acts as a medium of communication between the former and a slew of unhappy spirits. All the Bright Places (2020) Two high-school students named Violet and Theodore facing individual struggles form a powerful bond that helps them find solace and change their lives for the better. The Bucket List (2007) Two terminally ill men decide to explore life and set out for adventure before they die. The film is a heart-warming, comedic tale of two strangers who decide to come to terms with the life they’ve lived and the experiences they want to have before they ‘kick the bucket’. Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) After her husband’s death, a widow invites a friend of his to live with her and her children. She helps him kick his addiction while he helps the family cope with their loss. The drama shows a different type of mourning as the woman and her husband’s best friend forge a type of relationship that is both helpful and toxic as they work to cope through their pain. P.S. I love You (2007) The movie is a gripping tale about loss and how people cope with it. It documents the adventures of a widow, Holly, who constantly gets letters from her deceased husband who planned the letters ahead, after realising the seriousness of his illness and knowing how hard Holly would take his death.