A Drop of Sunshine| 39mins
Director: Aparna Sanyal | Producer: Rajiv Mehrotra, Public Service Broadcasting Trust
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: India
Reshma Valliappan: Gutsy. Witty. Unusual. Opinionated. Determined. Fighter. Beautiful. Survivor. An artist.
So what happened when Reshma was diagnosed with Schizophrenia â€“ a mental illness believed to be caused by chemical imbalances in the head, implying an inevitable and life-long dependence on medicines?
The illness, society, doctors, mainstream notions about Schizophrenia, and even her own parents.
â€˜A Drop of Sunshineâ€™ chronicles Reshmaâ€™s story of survival. In doing so, it takes a controversial and contrarian position towards recovery from Schizophrenia, proposing that the only treatment method that can work in the condition is one where the so-called â€˜patientâ€™ is encouraged and empowered to become an equal partner in the process of healing. It also challenges mainstream views on the mental condition.