Melissa Y. Perez
United States, 2016, 21 min.
In English & Spanish with English subtitles.
Includes violence and adult language.
STILL DEVOUT follows vacillating 23-year-old Ceci, who reluctantly embarks on a journey to grant her mother's wish to find healing for Ceci's brother suffering from severe mental illness. After Ceci's brother has a severe psychotic episode, Ceci is hoping to gain peace in the family. A trip driven by faith, love, and desperation complicates as the family's values and identities clash.
Growing up, I found it painful to attempt to be who my family wanted me to be and to be whom I knew I was deep down. When my brother developed schizophrenia, it was as if our identities were unmasked and we could not escape the desire to change each other in hopes to achieve happiness. I became fascinated by how often we hope to remove or "cure" our flaws to please those around us. In Still Devout, I observe how these pressures can rise in the family because despite our differences we must learn to love and live together.
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