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Film festival sheds light on mental health issues

Sebastian Partogi

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, October 6, 2017  /  05:35 pm
 Film festival sheds light on mental health issues

The event will screen films by Indonesian directors, including Paul Agusta’s At the Very Bottom of Everything on Oct. 6 and Djenar Maesa Ayu’s SAIA and hUSh (co-directed with her Singaporean counterpart Kan Lumé) on Oct. 7. (Shutterstock/File)

Ahead of World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10, the Kineforum cinema café will present a mini film festival called "Sayang, Sayangilah Jiwamu" (Take Care of Your Mental Health) from Oct. 6 to 8 featuring film screenings and discussions.

The festival is organized by film writers and critics Amalia Sekarjati and Eric Sasono, poets Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas and Mikael Johani, film producer Mandy Marahimin, as well as public relations practitioner Waraney Herald Rawung.

The event will screen films by Indonesian directors, including Paul Agusta’s At the Very Bottom of Everything on Oct. 6 and Djenar Maesa Ayu’s SAIA and hUSh (co-directed with her Singaporean counterpart Kan Lumé) on Oct. 7. The screening of hUSh will feature a question-and-answer session with Djenar and Lumé.

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Meanwhile, on Oct. 8, it will screen Indonesian director Sekar Ayu Asmara’s Pintu Terlarang (Forbidden Door), along with several documentary films, including Breaking the Chains by Erminia Colucci of Britain and Heaven for Insanity by Indonesian director Dria Soetomo.

After the screening of the documentaries, a discussion session will be held featuring psychiatrist Endah Ronawulan, Indonesian Schizophrenia Care Community founder Bagus Utomo and Jakarta-based Community Legal Aid Institute researcher Albert Wirya.

The discussion will focus on how to talk about and handle mental health problems, which are largely stigmatized in Indonesia. (kes)

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