Film – A remedy for trauma

In the wake of incidents such as the Peshawar attack and the Sydney Siege, one can only guess at the trauma inflicted on the survivors of the incident.

The destruction of ideals at such a young age can have severe negative consequences on a child’s development and can therefore tamper with how they progress in life.

Individuals who have directly or indirectly been affected by a traumatic experience are known to be going through PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) which is an anxiety disorder where the sufferer continues to re-experience the original memories of the incident. People with PTSD feel as if there is no safety and security left and this makes them paranoid and withdrawn from reality.

In the case of children, the impact of PTSD is more damaging as they may not be able to articulate themselves and instead become over-dependent on their parents. Conversely, they may begin to think that their guardians are unable to protect them which resultantly cause feelings of hostility and aversion.

However, not all hope is lost. A common treatment to PTSD is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Talk Therapy) which comprises of cathartic sessions that enable the victim to become aware of their negative thinking and face challenges more effectively. Films can be a primary tool to make this possible.

60SIFF is a strong believer that we all have a role to play in shaping the society. Moreover, films made to promote messages of peace, love and respect are the best solution in order to minimize the stigma associated with the affected. A powerful tool which can be employed to achieve this is art as it can act as a catalyst for healing psychological problems.

Creating films that address issues which can help regulate emotions and inculcate relaxation is an effective remedy for those affected by PTSD. These films may include dramatizations of the event the individual has previously been through in order to help him/her reprocess it in a new way.

Alternately, films based on positive themes that nurture hope also have a remedial effect on the victims as they make them able to look on the brighter side of life.

Given the power of films, all you out there should hurry up and record your ideas! Remember the deadline to submit is December 31st 2014!!

“More powerful than the mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.” 
― Victor Hugo

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