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Imprisoned for Mental Illness : Photographer Rudi Waisnawa Raises Awareness of ‘Pasung’

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Imprisoned for Mental Illness : Photographer Rudi Waisnawa Raises Awareness of ‘Pasung’

In Indonesia, especially in the rural corners of the country, mental illness is not only misunderstood, it leads to grave mistreatment. 

In an old, rudimentary method, families or communities will deal with the mentally ill with the almost medieval practice of ‘pasung’, effectively imprisoning them for life.

Pasung Mental Illness Rudi Waisnawa

“Photography for me is not just about aesthetic and beautiful things.”

Rudi Waisnawa, an Indonesian photographer has dedicated his art form to documenting and raising awareness for this terrible practice, with the hope that his eye-opening photographs will create change — and it has. 

Here we present a WowShack original video, in collaboration with Genesis Creative Centre. An interview with Pak Rudi, who shares insight into this shocking practice, his work and the state of mental illness in Indonesia:

Rudi Waisnawa works tirelessly on behalf of the Suryani Institute for Mental Health: www.suryani-institute.com . 

This video was produced as part of a collaboration with Genesis Creative Centre: www.inspireatgenesis.com .

This interview was conducted at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2019: www.ubudwritersfestival.com .

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