Afflictions – Volume 2: Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Three films on individuals with neuropsychiatric disorders in Indonesia: The Bird Dancer, Family Victim and Kites & Monsters


Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia is a six-part series of ethnographic films on severe mental illness in Indonesia, based on material drawn from 12 years of person-centered research by writer/anthropologist Robert Lemelson. The series, which follows six individuals of different ages and backgrounds, explores the relationship between culture, mental illness, and first-person experience.
The films may be purchased individually, as a complete series, or in two sets organized by theme:

Volume 2: Neuropsychiatric Disorders

  • The Bird Dancer focuses on the social stigma of neuropsychiatric disorder and the human suffering it entails (40 minutes, 2010)
  • Family Victim examines bi-directional influences between an individual considered to have a disruptive or troublesome personality (38 minutes, 2010)
  • Kites and Monsters  follows a young Balinese from boyhood to manhood, discovering the influential and protective aspects of culture that may guide developmental neuropsychiatric processes (22 minutes, 2011)



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