SUARA MINDA is an awareness campaign to destigmatise mental illness discourse in Malaysia, centred around the animated documentary, Fafa Perjuangan yang tak Didendang.
Produced by Freedom Film Network and directed by Malaysian filmmaker Amirul Ramthan, this 20-minute documentary serves as the educational tool for Suara Minda.
Paired with a toolkit on top of other relevant resources, the goal of this campaign is to both further the discourse surrounding mental illness as well as reduce the stigma attached to it.
Student of Monash University (Documentary Filmmaking and Society Unit)
Fafa is a young woman who found her passion in art illustration. Now in her 30s, Fafa has been living with schizophrenia for nearly 3 decades.
Fafa not only had to deal with strange voices in her head, but also voices of the people around her who did not understand her condition.
This consciousness has made Fafa want to voice out more strongly about her situation as well as raise awareness about mental disability in Malaysia .
The primary message of this documentary is to highlight mental health which is not voiced enough. Fafa is just one character of a story that is rarely told.
Fafa and I had known each other for a very long time. From the outside, she looks [healthy and] fine, with the way she works and talks with other people. Little does one know that she is dealing with mental health conditions.
There are thousands of other people who may have schizophrenia or bipolar, ADHD, depression, trauma and so on, but they have to hide and pretend they are okay because they are afraid of the stigma. They are afraid of being labelled all kinds of things.
So, the purpose of this documentary is to not only focus on Fafa’s story, but to give importance to mental health stories in general. Fafa is just one representation of many other individuals who are dealing with mental health challenges.