This New Documentary About Mental Health Is Cleverly Attacking The Stigma Around It
Mental Health Through Art
Mental health , although seemingly documented, is unfortunately still very much stigmatized even though the information is in the palm of our hands. I find myself questioning the preconceived ideas I have about it everyday. Meanwhile, Hugo Rozon did more than that, he showed us how it feels, sound and look like.
On the outside looking in, Hugo has it all.
Young, prosperous and the founder of a successful marketing agency.
Well spoken, a go-getter, a focus man with a hint of creativity just like any 30 under 30 Forbes would mention.
Perhaps, as that old saying goes, everybody fights their own fight. Hugo just so happened to turn his fight into a spiritual journey.
”The 108 Journey” has he calls it is indeed Hugo’s visual representation of what it is to live with bipolar disorder.
A documentary that takes us back to somewhere we’ve all been before at some point and time; the unknown.
We see a young 25 years old in the mist of the chaos of a world pandemic packing his bags and taking a flight to the land where he will be born again; India.
The first few seconds really set the tone.
Hugo doesn’t shy away from what it is to deal with mental issues from the get go.
He breaks it down, minutes by minutes, months for months and how he copes with it since he was diagnosed in 2013.
What was touching to me was the fact that he took the diagnosis as an opportunity to rediscover himself as a man rather than alienating himself like most people do.
Combine that with the spiritual dimension which is all so present in India and the different teachings they have to offer and there you have it, a journey.
We see him talk to spiritual leaders, we see him experiencing the local traditions and take part in all kinds of ceremonies.
Nothing is left undiscussed. As he’s going through it, he explains and breaks down how he’s feeling through the journey. And what a journey it is.
a journey for rediscovery, a journey to redefine what is life, what it is to be a quote unquote ”good and functioning person”.
I’m never the guy to spoil it for the audience but this documentary to me is literally an open book to Hugo’s mind.
The scenes are introspective, deep with the right montages to bring the story to life.
Strangely enough, I’ve left the screening feeling envious of him.
Not for the amazing trips, landscape and the cultural stuffs that come with it.
More so, I’ve found myself admiring his high self awareness.
His ability to put in words how he feels and see the world. Especially for the fact that his lens are completely different than mine and everyone I know.
Overall, it made understand and realize that what we commonly judge and perceive as a ”disease” is more like a super power, to use Hugo’s words.
For almost an hour, the doc took me somewhere where I don’t have to think about lockdowns and my untimely demise.
It’s just somewhere where the people turns inward instead outward for guidance.
No wonder why this doc is currently making his rounds in foreign film festivals; it’s a gem.
If you’re into content that makes you smile, cringe, reflect and potentially cry at the same time, ”The 108 Journey” is for you.
If you want to see it, it will be released the 28th on Hugo’s social media platforms.