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
Semi-Finalist, Moondance Film Festival, Boulder, CO, 2012
Third World Indie Film Festival, Milpitas, CA, 2011
Cinesol Film Festival, Harlingen, TX.
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