MindReels...film screenings on Mental Health: October 2011

Kriti Film Club
in collaboration with
India Habitat Centre
invites you for
MindReels…films on mental health
: an event to mark the World Mental Health Week
Tuesday, October 3rd, 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Opening of MindReels…films on mental health
(@ Stein Auditorium)

There Is Something In The Air  
Iram Gurfam |28 mins | Hindustani with English subtitles
This documentary is a series of dream narratives, and accounts of spiritual possession as experienced by women ‘petitioners’ at the shrine of a Sufi saint in north India.The film invites the viewer to a world of dream and fantasy. Fear and desire is experienced through dreams and ‘afflictions of air’. The shrine is a space where performance becomes the only rule of engagement, and one can begin to think of the possibilities that ‘insanity’ produces.
(Film maker will be present)

Eyes of Stone
Nilita Vachani | 90mins | Mewari and Hindi with English subtitles |1990
A film about rural women in Bhilwara, Rajasthan and their rituals of possession and exorcism:  expressions of faith, rebellion and healing that thrive within the confines of a stringent patriarchal order. The film is a deep and unsettling exploration of one case of possession, which taken to its logical conclusion, becomes an eloquent testimony to the strengths and sadness and indeed the subversions in women’s lives. 

 Saturday, October 8th, 2011: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
(@ Gulmohar Hall)
Recognising Mental Illness…
Avinash Grows Up 
Kareem Khan| 5 mins
A very short message on mental illness.
Exploring Madness
Dr Pervez Imam| 19 mins| Hindi with English Subtitles
Mental illnesses are one of the least understood problems in India. Myths and stigma add to the problems of people suffering from such illnesses. On the other hand there are issues of a lack of infrastructure to treat mental illnesses properly. This film brings together a variety of such issues related to mental illness in the Indian society. The film has six parts, each dealing with a different issue, ranging from people’s perceptions of mental illness to debates among professionals and from the problems of women languishing in mental hospitals to experiences of those who have recovered.
(Film maker will be present)
World Mental Health Week: Discussions and experience sharing with experts and film makers

Sunday, October 9th, 2011: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
(@ Gulmohar Hall)

Understanding Schizophrenia...
The Unreal Reality 
 Syed Amjad Ali | 16 mins| English
The film is an engaging and informative documentary that captures and demonstrates the difficulties related to that is specific to a mental illness called Schizophrenia about the illness, and is meant to create awareness about it in the society and help people understand the devastating nature of the illness.

A Drop of Sunshine 

Aparna Sanyal | 35 min| English

Schizophrenia. It may be one word, but conjures up multiple connotations - Mad. Incurable. Violent. Suicidal. Chemical imbalances. Crazy. A lifelong condition. Inevitable dependency on Medicines. Dark. Terrible. The film takes us through the story of Reshma Valliappan, a 30-year old Indian woman, and charts out her journey of eventual triumph over her condition. It takes a controversial and contrarian view towards recovery from Schizophrenia, proposing that the only treatment method that can work in the condition is one where the so-called ‘patient’ is encouraged and empowered to become an equal partner in the process of healing.

October 10th, 2011: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
(@ Amaltas Basement Theatre)
In and Out of Depression…
Into the Abyss 
Vandana Kohli | 30 mins| English

A look at the growing incidence of depression in Delhi including dramatised sequences of a 24 year old management executive's state of mind, even as the disorder begins to set in. 

A Certain Liberation
Yasmine Kabir|38 mins |English (subtitled) |2003|Bangladesh
Gurudasi Mondol gave herself up to madness in 1971, during the Liberation War of Bangladesh, as she watched her entire family being killed by the collaborators of the occupying forces.

Thirty years later, Gurudasi continues to roam the streets of Kopilmoni, a small-town in rural Bangladesh, in quest of all she has lost; snatching at will from strangers and breaking into spaces normally reserved for men. In her madness, she has found a strategy for survival.

In Kopilmoni, Gurudasi has attained near legendary status. Through her indomitable presence, she has kept alive the spirit of the Liberation War.

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