The World I Live In Doesn't Exist

The World I Live In Doesn’t Exist is a documentary about depersonalisation and derealisation disorder, forms of dissociation where those afflicted experience sensations of isolation, alienation and unreality as they experience dream-like, out-of-body feelings and sensations, as well as distress and doubt over whether they are real or in control.

Recounted through surreal animation and poignant soundbites, the film follows the anecdotes of Trith, an anonymous individual from France who has battled chronic symptoms for 20 years, leaving him feeling “non-existent” and “like a robot”, and Lamthan, a young Thai art graduate with an interest on identity. Through their anecdotes, the film reveals how these symptoms affect their lives, emotionally and socially, challenging our understanding of identity and humanity.

  • Ker Wei Tan
  • Ker Wei Tan
  • Celestine Pang
  • Ker Wei Tan
  • Muhammad Haritz Bin Mohd Jasni
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2023
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - LASALLE College of the Arts
Director Biography - Ker Wei Tan

Tan Ker Wei is an aspiring filmmaker who believes in two things: the boundlessness of film language, and the impact of their stories, from the subjects and for the audience. His experience as a documentarian, editor and animator allows him to creatively display otherwise inaccessible experiences and people.

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