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The film follows the life of Gusti Ayu Suartini, a young Balinese woman with Tourette's Syndrome, as she struggles to create a life for herself while coping with a society who doesn't understand her disease, doctors with no cures, and a family that rejects her. Gusti has spent many years struggling to overcome the stigma and suffering that has resulted not primarily from her illness, but from the web of cultural significance spun around it in the context of Balinese values and belief, social and familial structure, and health care practices. She will have to use all her strength and courage to find her place in society free from shame and humiliation.

Robert Lemelson
2010 | 38’ | USA | SD

Director Introduction | Robert Lemelson

Robert Lemelson, Ph.D., the Founder, Director and Producer of Elemental Productions is a research anthropologist at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience, UCLA, and a filmmaker whose work focuses on Southeast Asian studies and the relationship of culture, psychology, and mental illness. He received his M.A. from the University of Chicago, and his doctorate from UCLA in Anthropology. Lemelson has been filming on the islands of Bali and Java in Indonesia since 1997, exploring the relation to culture to such disorders as Schizophrenia, OCD, Tourette's syndrome, and PTSD.

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