Kites and Monsters

A Balinese boy’s imaginative journey towards recovery from Tourette’s (25 min)


Following a young Balinese from boyhood to manhood, Kites and Monsters focuses on Wayan Yoga, who, at six years old, 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.

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.



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