Reel Asian is proud to co-present, Director Erminia Colucci’s Breaking The Chains taking viewers into the most vulnerable and darkest depths of the human minds. This heart-breaking documentary examines Indonesia’s common practice of “pasung,”a term used for people with mental illness believed to be possessed by demons. They are physically retrained and confined to the outside world by their loved ones as an act of protection.
Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival runs from November 6-14, 2015. More information here.
BREAKING THE CHAINS
Director Erminia Colucci (participating via Skype)
Sunday, November 8, 6:00pm
Workman Arts Theatre (651 Dufferin St.)
Tickets: $12 general admission
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In Indonesia, a small team of mental health workers are attempting the impossible: to find and rescue the possible hundreds of people living chained in cages, an illegal but traditional practice for dealing with mental illness called ‘pasung’. But the country is dense with vegetation, roads practically non-existent, and the level of superstition high. For some of these families, the practice of pasung is based in the belief that that mentally ill are possessed by demons. For some of the victims, the cage and chains are all they have known. Following one of these teams on their seemingly insurmountable task, filmmaker Erminia Colucci plunges us literally into the incremental struggle to bring light, life and knowledge into a world of darkness. Trailer
Following the screening, there will a panel discussion about the film. Filmmaker Erminia Colucci will be participating via Skype.