Memory of My Face

An Indonesian perspective on madness in a globalizing world (22 min)


Memory of My Face focuses on Bambang Rudjito, a university-educated Indonesian man diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. It explores the “globalized” features of Bambang’s illness and recovery narrative including  Western psychiatric diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, urban work opportunities, an interfaith religious community, and his family’s acceptance and understanding. But it also considers aspects of Bambang’s more complex, historically and politically shaded narrative, giving language and a deeper substance to his illness experience.

Memory of My Face illustrates how the residues of colonialism and the pervasive influence of globalization affect the subjective experience of mental illness.



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