Memory of My Face focuses on Bambang Rudjito and takes an Indonesian perspective on madness in a globalizing world.
Bambang is a university-educated Indonesian man in his late thirties diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. The film explores the “globalized” features of Bambang’s illness and recovery narrative – western psychiatric diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, work opportunities in a rapidly changing urban environment, participation in an interfaith religious community, and his family’s understanding and acceptance of what Bambang describes as a “mental disability. ” But it also considers aspects of Bambang’s more complex, historically and politically shaded narrative, giving language and a deeper substance to his illness experience. Memory of My Face illustrates how the residues of colonialism and the pervasive influence of globalization affect the subjective experience of mental illness.
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