Film Screening and Round Table Discussion- ’50 Years of Shame’

April 21, 2016

The Centre for Global Health Histories and the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York are delighted to provide details of the forthcoming UK premiere film screening of ‘50 Años de Vergüenza’ (50 Years of Shame), a documentary film about the tragedy of Thalidomide. It will be followed by a round table discussion, taking place on Thursday 21 April 2016 in the Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building at the University of York (starting at 6:15pm). All are welcome to attend, but places are limited: tickets are available on a first come first served basis. Please do circulate this email to colleagues, students, campaigners or friends that you feel would be interested in attending.

Tickets are available online:

Fifty years ago, Thalidomide slipped into the lives of thousands of families. Grünenthal is the pharmaceutical company that created and sold the drug, responsible for a story that is still largely untold. This documentary film explores the impact of Thalidomide on survivors and their families, their long-running campaign against Grünenthal, and the historic achievements made by the Thalidomide community. Join us for a screening of the film, followed by a round table discussion with academic experts on Thalidomide, Thalidomide survivors and one of the film’s creators. Further details about the panel can be found on our website and social media outlets. This is a film in Spanish, English and German with English subtitles.

If you have any questions about the event, the facilities, or accessibility, please email us at for more information.

Full details of the event can be found on our website:

A map of the closest available parking to the Berrick Saul Building is available here:

Full information about parking facilities at the university is available here:


Posted: April 15, 2016