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Afflictions Series - Ritual Burdens
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Ritual Burdens is part of the Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia series of ethnographic films on severe mental illness in Indonesia, based on material drawn from 12 years of person-centered research by director and anthropologist Robert Lemelson. The film focuses on Ni Ketut Kasih who has lived her…
Afflictions Series - Memory of My Face
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Memory of My Face is part of the Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia series of ethnographic films on severe mental illness in Indonesia, based on material drawn from 12 years of person-centered research by director and anthropologist Robert Lemelson. The film focuses on Bambang Rudjito, a university-educated Indonesian…
Afflictions Series - The Bird Dancer
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The Bird Dancer explores a young woman's struggle with her odd movements and behaviors, and how these are interpreted and understood by her family and community. The film follows the life of Gusti Ayu Suartini, a young Balinese woman with Tourette's Syndrome, as she struggles to create a life for…
Afflictions Series
"Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia" is a six part series, shot over the course of 12 years in Bali and Java, Indonesia, as a result of longitudinal ethnographic fieldwork conducted by psychological anthropologist Robert Lemelson, exploring the relationship between culture, mental illness and personal experience.
Afflictions Series - Shadows & Illuminations
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Shadows & Illuminations follows an older Balinese man, Nyoman Kereta, as he struggles with the intrusion of spirits into his consciousness. Kereta says he has been living in two worlds, the world of his family and community and the world of the spirits, for the past 40 years. His experiences…
Afflictions Series - Family Victim
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Family Victim explores how families manage a troubled and troublesome member. Estu Wardhani is a young Javanese man and has struggled for most of his life to achieve a sense of competency and inclusion in his familial and social world. The second youngest of eight children born to an upper-class…
Murder in Mesopotamia
A young mother, much loved in her hometown of Mesopotamia, St. Vincent, is brutally shot to death in this poor Caribbean village the day before she is to give court testimony against a man accused of raping her. Circumstances point to the accused rapist as the killer, but he is…
Lifecycles - A Story of AIDS in Malawi
Malawi is a small country in South East Africa that has reached a turning point -- it will either sink into unknown depths of despair and poverty or it must grow and change with AIDS as a catalyst. Lifecycles: A Story of AIDS in Malawi explores the themes of sex,…
Raja Edepus
A theatre production. In the summer of 2006 an adaption of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex was performed at the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, Indonesia. This film captures the full transformation of the classical drama into a Balinese-styled stage production.
Gods and Kings - Mass Media and Tradition in Guatemala
In the muddy market square of Momostenango, Guatemala, where shamans burn offerings in the shadow of the Catholic church, prehispanic gods dance beside horror movie monsters and dictators from the dark days of the Cold War. Unlike the folkloric performances long studied by anthropologists, this new dance won't show up…
Our Asian Neighbours: Indonesia
Our Asian Neighbours is a series of films that aims to convey everyday life in Asia and promote greater understanding of often complex societies. This series is devoted to Indonesia and brings to life its people and their culture. Each program captures the lifestyle of a different individual in their…
Summer Pasture
Filmed in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet, Summer Pasture offers an intimate glimpse into the life of a young nomad couple and their infant daughter. Locho and his wife Yama live in Dzachukha, eastern Tibet - nicknamed '5-most' by the Chinese for being the highest, coldest, poorest, largest, and…