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Kites and Monsters

Kites and Monsters
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From the Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia series
by Robert Lemelson
color, 22 min, 2011





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Kites and Monsters 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 a growing boy, Wayan Yoga, and is not so much about illness as it is an exploration of the protective aspects of culture that may guide developmental neuropsychiatric processes. At six years old, Wayan Yoga is an energetic boy who flies kites and is obsessed with the monsters of Balinese mythology. He also has various tics, which move his parents to seek treatment. At twenty, he is a young man planning his career as a chef and an expressive Balinese dancer.

Ultimately, Wayan Yoga's tics are insignificant to his evolving sense of self-compared to the saturation of symbols, images, and narratives of his culture. While Wayan must learn to negotiate the kinds of movements, interests, and goals that are culturally appropriate, the protective buffer of his family guides him successfully into normative Balinese adulthood.

This film is also available as part of the set Afflictions Volume 2: Neuropsychiatric Disorders.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
The 46th Annual Humboldt Film Festival, Arcata, CA, 2013
WorldKids International Film Festival, 2012
Awareness Film Festival, U.S.A., 2012

View more photos on www.flickr.com

Other films in the Afflictions Series
The Bird Dancer
Family Victim
Memory of My Face
Ritual Burdens
Shadows & Illuminations


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