AWI Short Film Competition


According to the WHO as many as 450 million people suffer from a mental or behavioral disease. Countries all around the world accept this disorder differently, some are taken with great consideration and individuals who are affected by the disorder are given the best care in order for them to lead normal lives to some extent. However, in some cultures people are judged and misguidedly labelled as unsafe and shut away in institutions.

The main purpose of this animation is to show that although the disease varies from person to person, the lack of awareness about the disorder allows the general public to easily label and judge those affected by it, which again prevents such patients from seeking treatment as they feel ashamed or they are unaware. This animation was created on the contrary to show the full extent of the disorder and the damaging effect it can take on a person’s life, but with great care and acceptance that there is a possibility that they themselves could find a small ounce of freedom from their constant nightmare.


Content heads up: visual and audio hallucinations, institutionalization

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Director: Samal Bandara

Samal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication with Animation Major conducted by the Raffles College of Higher Education in Singapore.

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