‘You Don’t Belong’ traces the journey of a song from the margins into the urban ‘popular’ mainstream which is placed in the larger narratives of myth and memory, folk and copyright, home and migration, writer and composer. Disparate artists are bound together in this film in the quest for the elusive author of the song “Laal Pahari”.
Pankaj Sekhsaria is a member of the environmental action group, Kalpavriksh where he works on issues of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and also edits the bi-monthly newsletter, the Protected Area Update. He is a freelance journalist, photographer and author, most recently, of The Last Wave – an island novel, a story based in the Andaman Islands.
Talking about mental health issues to others can feel shameful, boring, selfish and burdensome. Those going through depression, addictions, bi-polar or other debilitating conditions often face much shame and stigma from society in general. Many people seem almost embarrassed to admit that they need help and support, thinking it’s a weakness; whilst others think that having a mental health problem is something that happens to other people who are often perceived to be unstable and disturbed. There is a lot of prejudice, ignorance, fear and discrimination about mental health as it is usually dealt with behind closed doors; when it should be spoken about as openly as all health issues, so that the root causes can be addressed as a community.