40 YEARS OF SILENCE: AN INDONESIAN TRAGEDY has won the Award of Excellence at the 2013 Canada International Film Awards in Vancouver, BC. MEMORY OF MY FACE is an official selection of the 2013 Northern California International Film Festival in Modesto, CA. THE BIRD DANCER is an official selection of the 2013 Fallbrook Film Festival in Fallbrook, CA. KITES AND MONSTERS is an official selection of the 46th Annual Humboldt Film Festival in Arcata, CA. JATHILAN is an official selection of the 2013 Sunscreen Film Festival. NGABEN: EMOTION AND RESTRAINT IN A BALINESE HEART is an official selection of the 2013 Sarasota Film Festival in Sarasota, FL and is also in competition at the 2013 8th Annual Russian Anthropological Film Festival in Ekaterinburg, Russia. STANDING ON THE EDGE OF A THORN is an official selection of the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport, CA.
STANDING ON THE EDGE OF A THORN has been nominated for the 2013 Impact Media Awards Best Documentary-style Reality Production at the Crowne Plaza in New York on January 24, 2013. The Impact Media Awards will feature a collection of the world’s leading programmers that are transforming the current trends in historical, archival, and investigative and social issue programming. Read more at: http://www.impactmediasummit.com//2013-nominees-impact-awards.php
The AFFLICTIONS: CULTURE & MENTAL ILLNESS IN INDONESIA FILM SERIES has won the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE AWARD at the CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS in San Diego on January 6, 2013. The California Film Awards honors new and cutting-edge American and foreign independent films in several competition categories. Read more at: http://www.calfilmawards.com/
2010-2011 NEWS ARCHIVE
Rave review in the leading journal, American Anthropology, Volume 113, No.4, December 2011
"Given that mental illnesses and other psychosocial disorders are a universal part of the human experience, it is remarkable that there have been so few ethnographic films about neuropsychiatric conditions in non-Western contexts...As the culmination of over a decade of close and continuing interaction with Robert Lemelson's informants, the 'Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia' film series, show cultural and visual anthropology at their best." -Karen Nakamura, Yale University
Winner of the 2011 Indie Fest Award of Merit for "Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia, Volume 2: Neuropsychiatric Disorders"
"Shadows & Illuminations" Official Selection
Screening on Monday, November 7th at 8:30pm at the Maison des Cultures du Monde at 101 Boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris, France.
On November 1st-2nd, Afflictions: Volume 1 and Volume 2, will be screening at Cal State University, Long Beach. On November 7th at 8:30pm, "Shadows & Illuminations " will be screening at the prestigious Jean Rouch International Film Festival. On November 12th at 9:45am, "40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy," willl be screened at the Human Rights Conference hosted by Central Michigan University.
On October 21st, Director/Professor Robert Lemelson will present "Kites & Monsters" and "The Bird Dancer" at the 58th Annual American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Conference in Toronto, Ontario from 1:30pm-3:30pm.
Successful screening of "40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy" at the Yogyakarta's Indonesia-France Foundation. Director Lemelson interviewed live on Radio Australia. Both volumes of "Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia up for sale on Documentary Educational Resources and on Amazon. Get your copy today! Watch the trailers here.
Following in the footsteps of "40 Years of Silence:An Indonesian Tragedy," tthe first 3 films in the "Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia" series, consisting of "Shadows and Illuminations," "The Bird Dancer," and " Family Victim" has been officially selected for the prestigious "7th Annual Globians world and culture Documentary Film Festival" in Berlin this August.
We have a couple of screenings coming up. On 3/31, the Afflictions series will be screening at the Society for Psychological Anthropology Meeting in Santa Monica from 3/31-4/3. On 5/31, the Afflictions series will be shown at the Global Mental Health Research workshop at McGill. On 6/2, the Afflictions series will be screened at the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture annual meeting in Seattle. From 6/9-6/12, the Afflictions series will be screened at the World Psychiatric Association Thematic Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.
" 40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy" has been nominated for the 2011 History Maker Awards in New York January 26-28, 2011 which recognizes the very best in History, Current Affairs, and non-Fiction programming from around the world! Watch the film here.
We will be having a viewing of "The Bird Dancer" at UCLA on Tuesday, January 11.th from 12pm-1:30pm in Haines Hall Reading Rm 352. And we'll also have a viewing of "Family Victim" at UCLA on the following Tuesday, January 18th the same place and time.
We are honored to announce that the "Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia" series has been nominated for the prestigious 2010 International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards in the "Limited Series" category along with four other nominees. Winners will be announced on at the IDA Documentary Awards show on December 3, 2010 at the Directors Guild of America.
We will be having a small private viewing of "Shadows & Illuminations" on Tuesday, October 5th from 12pm-1pm at UCLA Haines Hall Reading Room 352.
We have completed the "Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia" series consisting of "Shadows & Illuminations," "The Bird Dancer," and "Family Victim." "Afflictions" is now available for institutional and personal purchase as a set or individually through Documentary Educational Resources at www.der.org/films/afflictions.html.
On May 15, 2010, Elemental Productions hosted Aftershock LA, a fundraiser party with Royal/T to raise funds for Build Change, a non-profit that goes to earthquake disaster areas, such as Indonesia, China and Haiti, and teaches the locals how to build affordable and earthquake resistant houses. We had a great turnout and many people came out to support this wonderful organization! Thanks to everyone's help, we were able to raise a grand total of $9,154.31 to donate to Build Change.
2012 NEWS ARCHIVE
The AFFLICTIONS: CULTURE & MENTAL ILLNESS IN INDONESIA film series has won the AWARD OF EXCELLENCE at the ACCOLADES FILM, TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA AND VIDEOGRAPHY AWARDS. Read more at: http://www.accoladecompetition.org/Excell.aspx
THE BIRD DANCER and STANDING ON THE EDGE OF A THORN screens at Cal State University Los Angeles "Tea & Sex" Student Group on December 6th from 6-8pm. The director will be there for a Q&A. RSVP at http://tsdocumentary.eventbrite.com
SHADOWS & ILLUMINATIONS is an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL and will be screening on Sunday, December 9th at the Actors Company in West Hollywood. Buy tickets at: http://www.laufilmfest.com/tickets.html
ELEMENTAL PRODUCTIONS has a booth, #409, at the American Anthropological Association 111th Annual Meeting at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco. We will also be screening NGABEN: EMOTION & RESTRAINT IN A BALINESE HEART and JATHILAN: TRANCE AND POSSESSION IN JAVA.
AFFLICTIONS: CULTURE & MENTAL ILLNESS IN INDONESIA (2010) which consists of "Shadows & Illuminations," "The Bird Dancer," and "Family Victim" is an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL that runs from October 19-21, 2012 in Gig Harbor Washington. The film will be screening at the Galaxy Uptown Theatre, 4649 Point Fosdick Dr NW, Gig Harbor, WA.
AFFLICTIONS: CULTURE & MENTAL ILLNESS IN INDONESIA (2011) is also an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the THIRD WORLD INDIE FILM FESTIVAL that runs from September 21-23, 2012 in Milpitas, California. The film will be screening on 9/23 from 8:15pm-9:15pm at the Century 20 Theaters in the Great Mall Plaza, Milpitas, CA. http://www.thirdworldindiefilmfest.com/purchasetickets.html
40 YEARS OF SILENCE: AN INDONESIAN TRAGEDY is an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the KINGSTON FILM FESTIVAL that runs from August 1-August 8, 2012 in New York. The film will be screening on Saturday, September 1st at 6pm at the BSP Lounge at 323 Wall St, Kingston, NY 12401.
MEMORY OF MY FACE is an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the SAN FRANCISCO SHORTS that runs from September 6-8, 2012 in San Francisco. The film will be screening on Saturday, September 8th at 5pm, as part of the "Film Mix Six: Inside Outside" session, at the Roxie Theater at 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94110.
AFFLICTIONS: CULTURE & MENTAL ILLNESS IN INDONESIA (2011) which consists of "Memory of My Face," "Ritual Burdens," and "Kites and Monsters" is an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the CINCINNATI FILM FESTIVAL that runs from September 6-13, 2012 in Cincinnati, The film will be screening on Saturday, September 8th at 2pm at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center at 3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH, 45220.
AFFLICTIONS: CULTURE & MENTAL ILLNESS IN INDONESIA (2011) is also an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the CINESOL FILM FESTIVAl that runs from September 8-16 in Harlingen, Texas. The film will be screening on Saturday, September 8 at 12:15pm at the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum at 2425 Boxwood St, Harlingen, Texas.
40 YEARS OF SILENCE: AN INDONESIAN TRAGEDY has won the 2012 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE at the INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR PEACE, INSPIRATION AND EQUALITY in Jakarta. SHADOWS AND ILLUMINATIONS has won the 2012 BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD from the LOS ANGELES REEL FILM FESTIVAL and screened on July 22, 2012 at the Whitefield Theater in Sherman Oaks.
RITUAL BURDENS has been awarded the 2012 PRESTIGE FILM AWARD which recognizes film, television, and videography professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.
"40 YEARS OF SILENCE: AN INDONESIAN TRAGEDY""
Thursday, May 10th, 7-9:30pm
UC Riverside, CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg South 1128 Sreening Room.
RSVP to www.iamfa.com
Free and open to the public
We are exited to announce that the AWARENESS FILM FESTIVAL of Los Angeles, which is devoted to bringing awareness to some of our world's pressing issues, has selected part of the "AFFLICTIONS: CULTURE & MENTAL ILLNESS IN INDONESIA" series to be screened on THURSDAY, MAY 5TH, 4PM, at the Healthy Living Center in Los Angeles.
Monday, April 23rd, 3-5pm, Work-In-Progress Screening of "Standing at the Edge of a Thorn"
at the UCLA Mind, Medicine and Culture Meetings at the UCLA Anthropology Reading Room, 352 Haines Hall, Los Angeles. Visit: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/anthro/mmac/Home.html
Saturday, April 28th, 11:30am-12:30pm, Screening of one of the Afflictions films at the UCLA Indonesian Studies Conference at the UCLA Young Research Library. See the full program at: http://www.international.ucla.edu/cseas/news/article.asp?parentid=123094
The film screenings will be followed by a Q&A with Lemelson. It takes place on central campus on Friday, April 13, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 6050 at the U-M Institute for Social Research, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor. Hope to see you there!
The Los Angeles Indonesian Consulate, the Indonesian American Music and Film Association, and the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies will be hosting a screening of "40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy" on March 2nd at 7:30pm at the Los Angeles Consulate.
Director Robert Lemelson, Consul Fiki Oktanio, and Moderator Lolo Kartikasari will have a Q&A afterwards. Please come and spread the word! You can RSVP at: http://iamfa.com/IAMFA/RSVP.html
Article about the 1965 tragedy mentions "40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy" in the New York Times today.
From the "Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia" series, "The Bird Dancer" wins the Award of Excellence and "Shadows & Illuminations" wins the Award of Merit at the Best Shorts Competition!
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