Just as Stella enters the exciting world of adolescence she discovers that her big sister and role model Katja is hiding an eating disorder. Katja is a talented figure skater and is always busy with school or training; while at home, she receives almost all of her parents’ attention. Min Lilla Syster is a story about jealousy, love and betrayal told with warmth, depth and laughter.
2015 Galway Film Fleadh Winner for Best International First Feature
2015 Festival del Cinema Europeo Winner for Best Screenplay
2015 Göteborg Film Festival Winner for Best Nordic Film
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Despite the increased prevalence of eating disorders (ED) in Singapore, there still exists widespread misconception about this mental illness. For many, an eating disorder is often misconstrued as an “extreme diet” or “lifestyle choice” – with the presumption that one can simply make a decision to “stop”. Few recognise that it is a serious mental illness that is severe and complex.
In this panel discussion, we will dialogue with mental health professionals to better understand the various types of eating disorders, their diagnosis, symptoms, and how they impact individuals differently. We will also address common misconceptions surrounding the illness and will share tips on how you can reach out to persons suspected of, or dealing with ED. The panellists will also shed light on current treatment and intervention options and how communities can come together to aid in preventive efforts.
Carmen has started a series of different F&B, lifestyle and media brands over the last 8 years after calling it quits with the corporate world and moving back home to Singapore from Shanghai, China. Over the last 7 years, underneath the glamour of running her own businesses and creating brands, she had to learn to manage stress, expectations and most importantly, her identity in the midst of chaos.
Carmen is one of the co-founders of Afterglow, a plant based restaurant, which is one of the OGs of the plant-based movement in Singapore. She thoroughly understands how food can be the best form of healing for the soul, and yet many struggles with a love/hate relationship with it. Through this session, she hopes to listen, engage and share the importance of mental wellness to one’s mind, body, spirit and soul.
A U.S.-trained psychologist, she has over a decade of clinical experience in a variety of settings in Canada, the U.S. and Singapore. These include the Awakening Center in Chicago, USA, a group private practice specialising in the treatment of eating disorders (ED), and KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital, where she was part of the Adolescent Medicine team that provided psychotherapy to teens struggling with ED.
Jolene attained a Masters in Counselling Psychology (with distinction) from Northwestern University and has received extensive training in evidenced-based, trauma-informed modalities. She is passionate about partnering with her clients in their journeys towards well-being, taking a collaborative approach with the intention to nurture strengths and enlarge capacities for resilience.
Huang Huanyan is the author of “Brave Girl not Eating”, which included an autobiography of her journey through anorexia nervosa (AN).
Through combining various forms of art, incorporating short exercises for mindfulness, and narration, she hopes to offer a more holistic glance into what it means to have an eating disorder, and providing hope for recovery. Ultimately, her mission is to bring joy to everyone’s lives, and to serve as a pillar of support for all those who had been through similar experiences.
She has since spoke at multiple events to youths, teachers and researchers, as well as received formal peer support training in both Raffles Institution and in Yale-NUS College (her current school).
Currently, she works as part of the Wellness Committee in Yale-NUS, and is the co-founder of Deko, a science communication platform that aims to share accurate information in the most engaging manner.
Fiona Chia is one of Singapore’s most established Nutritionist. She has over a decade of experience in food and nutrition and is recognised by the Health Promotion Board as an Accredited Workplace Health Consultant.
As the founder and director of Health Can Be Fun, a nutrition consultancy, she and her team conduct hands-on workshops, seminars and cooking demonstrations to educate clients on living life with wellness.
She also tours the world with a high-profile artiste as a personal nutritionist, supporting him/her to integrate a nutritious plan and create a balanced lifestyle — one of many specialities Fiona has.
When Mirrors Had Meaning is a visually searing experience of 70 year old, Krishnan setting him off on a journey in search of his distant memory, leaving behind a letter to his family. Upon her return, his daughter, Priya finds the letter and assumes the worst. Her mother, Rani finds her in a frenzied state. After reading the note, Rani thinks she might have an idea where her husband might be. They find him in a temple, talking to someone in Hokkien, not visible to them. He keeps addressing to “Mei Lian” and views Rani and Priya as strangers. Rani explains to Priya that Krishnan′s first marriage with Mei Lian took place at the very place they are standing at, and the letter that Priya found, was written by Krishnan over 50 years ago addressed to his parents before he eloped with Mei Lian during the 1960s racial riots in Singapore.
Growing up as a woman is hard.
Growing up as a woman in the Muslim community is harder.
In a world still filled with superstitions, if you die during childbirth you become a vampiric ghost and if you survive you might get attacked by a flying ghost. You collect experiences in the workplace that should be office satire but aren’t. You face constant judgement, try to live up to endless expectations, and somehow…still fall short.
Growing Up Perempuan is a collection of stories written by women, for women. This book offers stories of love and loss, strength and endurance, confidence and courage—stories that inspire and empower. This is a book about challenging the status quo and learning to chart our own paths instead of having the world define them for us.