XABI: A Phantasmagorical Adventure

4 people with one or more clinically diagnosed Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Major Depression , Anxiety Disorder and ADHD talks about their struggle and issues in surviving mental illness in an almost non supportive environments. An animation film will guide us through their trauma.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    XABI: Sebuah Petualangan Fantasmagoria
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Animation
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 9 seconds
  • Film Color:
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Director Biography

Nosa Normanda is a multi-talented anthropologist, filmmaker, producer, and writer. He has worked in a production house in New York and served as a producer, executive producer, and documentary maker at a news office in Washington D.C. In 2019, she was diagnosed with Bipolar 1, and his documentary film "XABI: A Phantasmagoria" serves as a personal reflection on functioning as an individual with a psychosocial disability. Currently, Nosa teaches and serves as the head of the program at MondiBlanc Film Workshop, while continuously creating films and acting as a film programmer for Indonesia Raja Jakarta Metropolitan at Minikino Film Week in Bali. With his diverse background and experiences, Nosa is a valuable contributor to the fields of film and education.

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Director Statement

This film is made within two years period, from 2019-2021. Each subjects in this film are my teachers and comrades in struggling to get my life back on track after I was hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar I. The film highlights the dangers of late diagnosis and the devastating impact it can have on individuals and their loved ones. The film sheds light on the challenges of non-supportive environments, including the use of alternative medicine or the belief that religion can cure all illnesses. Made with the support of LBHM and close friends, including the film crew, this film serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem-solving for those facing similar experiences.