A Balinese woman’s ceremonial obligations trigger her bipolar disorder (25 min)
The film focuses on Ni Ketut Kasih who has lived her whole life surrounded by the complex rhythms of the Balinese ritual calendar. Here, participation in ritual events is both a spiritual mandate and social obligation for women who spend countless hours crafting offerings. Ni Ketut’s masterful hand has contributed to her status as a highly respected ceremonial leader. However, the pressures of ritual requirements often overwhelm her, crowding her mind with memories of her difficult childhood during Indonesia’s war for independence.
This may trigger Ketut’s bi-polar disorder episodes, for which she has been hospitalized over 35 times. Ni Ketut’s case reveals the binding associations that may make certain burdens unbearable as cultural obligations, traumatic historical events, and personal experience overlap in unique schemas of stress that trigger cyclical episodes of mental illness. Ritual Burdens questions how communal spiritual obligations may be folded into personal schemas of stress to trigger episodes of mental illness.
- Winner, Bronze Award for Short Documentary, Prestige Film Awards, 2012
- Winner, Award of Excellence, The Indie Fest, 2011
- Third World Indie Film Festival, Milpitas, CA, 2011
- Cinesol Film Festival, Harlingen, TX.
- Moondance Film Festival, Boulder, CO, 2012
- Cinesol Film Festival, Harlingen, TX, 2012
- Semi-Finalist, Moondance Film Festival, Boulder, CO, 2012
- University of Chicago, Clinical Ethnography Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, 2011
- Rutgers University, Comparative Religion Class, Newark, NJ, 2012
- McGill University Global Mental Health Research Workshop, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2011
- Cal State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2011
- University of Chicago, Clinical Ethnography Workshop, Chicago, IL, 2011
- World Mental Health Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013