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Ele­men­tal Pro­duc­tions is a Los Angeles-based ethno­graphic doc­u­men­tary film com­pany, founded in 2007 by direc­tor and anthro­pol­o­gist Robert Lemel­son, ded­i­cated to the pro­duc­tion of films focus­ing on the rela­tion­ship between cul­ture, psy­chol­ogy, and per­sonal experience


40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy

Over half a mil­lion peo­ple killed. Four fam­i­lies tell their sto­ries (86 min)

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Afflictions: Culture & Mental Illness in Indonesia

A series of six films on cul­ture and men­tal ill­ness in Indone­sia (174 min)

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Shadows and Illuminations

A Bali­nese man haunted by the spirit world (35 min)

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The Bird Dancer

A Bali­nese woman with Tourette’s Syn­drome strug­gles for accep­tance (40 min)

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Family Victim

The ‘bad coconut’ of a Javanese fam­ily (38 min)

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Memory of My Face

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

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Ritual Burdens

A Bali­nese woman’s cer­e­mo­nial oblig­a­tions trig­ger her bipo­lar dis­or­der (25 min)

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Kites and Monsters

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

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Jathilan: Trance and Possession in Java

The ter­ri­fy­ing power dance of Java (27 min)

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Ngaben: Emotion and Restraint in a Balinese Heart

Nyoman has waited ten years to cre­mate his father (16 min)

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Standing on the Edge of a Thorn

A fam­ily grap­ples with poverty, men­tal ill­ness and the sex trade (33 min)

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Challenging the Dark Side: Traditional Healing in Indonesia

Cul­tural influ­ences on indige­nous ther­a­peu­tics (In Production)

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Bitter Honey

The hid­den faces of polygamy in Bali (In Production)

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Indonesia Postmodern / vol. 1

Field record­ing and com­posed pieces from Indonesia  

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Indonesia Postmodern / vol. 2

A 2-CD music score from “40 Years of Silence: An Indone­sian Tragedy” and from the “Afflic­tions: Cul­ture & Men­tal Ill­ness in Indone­sia” series

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