A Balinese rice farmer haunted by the spirit world (35 min)
The film follows an older Balinese man, Nyoman Kereta, as he struggles with the intrusion of spirits into his consciousness. Kereta says he has been living in two worlds, the world of his family and community and the world of the spirits, for the past 40 years. His experiences skirt the borders of cultural and spiritual norms, simultaneously manifesting and exceeding Balinese beliefs about the supernatural world and the possibilities for human interaction with it.
Kereta’s reported experiences seem credible or explicable to some, bizarre and extraordinary to others, enigmatic or doubtful to his wife, and the sign of major mental illness to his psychiatrist. The film documents his painful history of trauma, loss and poisoning, and draws on his other family member’s interpretations of how to understand his struggles and distress. Central questions of how to interpret his experiences, and what role a schizophrenia diagnosis entails are explored.
Robert Lemelson & Alessandra Pasquino
Winner, Award of Excellence, Best Shorts Competition, La Jolla, CA, 2012
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Los Angeles Shadows and Illuminations, International Underground Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
Winner, 1st Place Documentary Feature, Los Angeles Reel Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
Nominee, Honorable Mention, Richmond International Film Festival, Richmond, VA, 2012
Winner, Special Jury Prize, California Film Awards, San Diego, CA, 2012
Winner, Award of Excellence, Accolades Film, Television, New Media and Videography Awards, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
Winner, Silver Screen Award, Nevada Film Festival, Las Vegas, NV, 2010
Nominee, Best Limited Series, International Documentary Association Awards, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Winner, Cine Golden Eagle Award, 2011
Winner, Special Jury Prize, California Film Awards, San Diego, CA, 2013
Winner, Award of Excellence, International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2010
Jean Rouch International Ethnographic Film Festival, Paris, France, 2011
Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA.
Richmond International Film Festival, Richmond, VA.
Los Angeles Reel Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
Gig Harbor Film Festival, Gig Harbor, WA, 2010
Society for Visual Anthropology Media Festival, New Orleans, LA, 2010
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, NY, 2011
Globians world+culture Documentary Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2011
Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, Taipei, Taiwan, 2011
Society for Visual Anthropology Media Festival, New Orleans, LA, 2011
Awareness Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
Cincinnati Film Festival, Cincinnati, OH 2012
University of Michigan, Culture, Mind and the Brain Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, 2012
Society for Psychological Anthropology Meeting, Santa Monica, CA, 2011
Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2011
Clinical Ethnographic Seminar: University of Chicago Clinical Ethnography, The Committee on Southern
Studies and the Comparative Human Development Workshop on Culture, Chicago, IL, 2011
World Psychiatric Association Thematic Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011
Society for Psychological Anthropology Meeting. San Diego, CA, 2013
American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, New York City, 2014
USC Masters of Visual Anthropology Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Rutgers University, Comparative Religion Class, Newark, NJ, 2012
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 2012
Brunel University Seminar, London, UK, 2012
Cal State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2011
University of Chicago, Clinical Ethnography Workshop, Chicago, IL, 2011
Shadows and Illuminations: Multi-Touch eBook
With a complete documentary film, ethnography, and multi-media interactive study guide contained in one package, this immersive ebook is anthropology for the 21st century. It provides students and educators with an innovative and updated way to explore key topics in psychological anthropology through the story of Kereta, a Balinese man who believes he lives in two worlds, the everyday world and the world of the spirits. His case raises fascinating questions about culture, personal experience, mental illness, and trauma.
Ideal for use in college-level survey and upper-division anthropology courses, the ebook offers multiple educational features including biographical and cultural information, theoretical investigations, glossary, review quizzes, essay prompts, group discussion questions, and more. Its media-rich format will engage students with over one hundred still photographs, video extras, a complete original soundtrack and behind-the-scenes glimpses into fieldwork and ethnographic filmmaking.