The practice of using shackles, chains and cages to physically restrain people with mental illness (known as pasung) is widespread in Indonesia. This observational ethnographic documentary explores the perspectives of people who have experienced pasung and the families and healers who use it. The film follows the activities of an organization in Cianjur (West Java) run by Indonesians with mental health problems who collaborate with families to free people from pasung. The film-maker follows the workers as they visit family homes and traditional healers and tells the stories of several individuals who are released from pasung such as Yayah, a young woman who has been chained inside a small room for 17 years.
This sensitive and moving film engages with questions around the control and restraint of people with severe mental illness, the ethical dilemmas faced by families, particularly poor families living in remote settings, and the role of communities and mental health services in addressing these challenges. The film will be of interest to researchers in mental health, people who use mental health services, people working in mental health, culture, human rights and global health, and people with interest in documentary film and visual research methods.
For more information, visit: http://movie-ment.org/ breakingthechains
Screening on Friday 19 May 2017 – 6pm – Amphithéâtre François-Furet – 105 Bvd Raspail – Paris 75006
The film will be followed by a Q&A with Erminia Colucci and a panel composed of Ursula Read (Cermes3), Joan Sidawy (author of the blog Comme des fous), and Livia Velpry (Cermes3-Univ. Paris8).
More on the event, see the flyer.