After their debut with the romantic thriller “The Blind Date”, T-Factory Entertainment is at it again with “Avalum Naanum” (Her & I), a short film that talks about the stigma of depression in the South Asian community.
Eleven years ago, my father passed away. I was young. And I remember how I tried to make sense of it. Parents are significantly older than their children. They have “adult ailments”. And sometimes, that leads to death. Parents die. I suppose it’s normal. But I wasn’t given much time to think about it.
I was born on October 30th 1989, in Jaffna Sri Lanka. My parents, sister and I immigrated to Canada in 1994 when I was 4 years old, taking up residence in every rundown apartment that Montreal had to offer.
If you’ve met me, odds are that you would say that I’m a social person, but did you know that I have social anxiety? To most people, going away on holidays with friends is exciting and it really was for me, until a few days before I was set to go to Budapest. The truth is when we had to check in – PANIC!
Everyone has ups and downs, but even that statement is not widely accepted in our community. When I was diagnosed with depression at the age of 14 and I came and told my parents, their response was that the doctor was an idiot and didn’t know what he was talking about. Of course I believed my parents and never bothered talking about it again, nor did I even try and explore it further.