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Top Filmmakers Turn Focus On Mental Illness

“Unintentionally, we often expose ourselves to situations that put us under pressure and end up comparing ourselves to our peers and family members. We believe that the ‘cure’ to mental health is facing all those loud noises inside your head,” Ngamlana said.

She said they aimed to remove the stigma placed on mental health issues, through film.

The film encourages young people to stand against the pressures of their careers and society and move at their own pace.

Nduna said they also hoped to make people aware of the impact of their words and actions on other people’s mental health.

The team has initiated an online crowdfunding campaign to make the film.

Mqolombe said they hoped to shoot the film in the Eastern Cape but it would depend on sponsorship.

Za/miselwa-ngamlana and join the mental health awareness campaign on social media by uploading a video of themselves saying “Your mental health matters” or a picture of themselves with a sign which reads “Your mental health matters”, tagging Slate 2 Productions and the Eastern Cape Film Festival.

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