AWI Short Film Competition

SOCH – Supporting Our Community’s Health

A narrative short about a single Indian mother who does the best she can to take care of her daughter despite her anxiety attacks. It is an urgent reminder to take care of your mental health.

Content Heads Up: anxiety, depiction of panic attack

Director: Varundeep Singh Chawla

As a young filmmaker growing up in India, Varundeep’s journey into motion pictures started with filming and editing homemade videos at the age of 15. By 22 his passion for film and expanding his knowledge and experience would take him half way across the world, where he would study every aspect of filmmaking at Humber’s Film and Television Production Program in Toronto, Canada. After opening up the conversation about his own mental health concerns to his family, his aim has been to extend the discussion to his community and break the stigma against mental health. Varundeep hopes to make a positive impact in the world in every project he undertakes.

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Anxiety is the most common mental illness out there, and it takes a lot of different forms. Experiencing some level of anxiety is a normal...


Stigma is: Always untrue Always negative Can be felt toward yourself Stigma around mental illness includes having fixed ideas and judgments about mental illness and/or...


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