Rocks in My Pockets

With her new feature, Rocks in My Pockets, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane examines her family members’ history with mental illness (as well as her own struggles) with humor, delicacy and eye-catching animation techniques.

After my son was born, I started having dark, obsessive thoughts. … I was immediately sent to a Soviet mental hospital and locked away for four months. The official diagnosis was schizophrenia, but this was downgraded to the “lesser” one of manic-depression after my parents bribed medical officials.

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