Empowering with media

Olivia´s story

Olivia is surviving with dissociation disorder. As a dancer Olivia can tell about her daily struggles without words. Paintings above are also by Olivia.

Dancer: Olivia
Song/singer: Lasinen mieli / Puistomäki
Camera and editing: Heartwaves Design
Script: Olivia & Seija Hirstiö
Production: Dissociation.fi and VOB Publisher

Irene´s story

Irene´s life story is one of struggle and great strength; leaving a strict religious cult to live in a children´s home, to being mother and skydiving teacher. Following with years of hospital stay and becoming a survivor with new hope. Nowadays she already walks and studies.

Video & photo archives: Inari Heikkilä
Script, editing: Heartwaves Design
Production: Dissociation.fi and VOB Publisher

The whole project

Trauma and Dissociation online project with community creating and own publishing house was started out of necessity. A book Five Women, Hundred Lives was published (in English also as Five Survivors, Hundred Lives), both as a hard copy and as digital VOB. In the VOB ebook we have all together 12 videos made by survivors. The project was created by Heartwaves Design and media tools were taken in use to empower people struggling with trauma and dissociation. This is both empowering and educating project and has built new connections between survivors, therapists, psychiatrists not only in Finland but internationally.

BOOKS: graphic design: Heartwaves Design
VIDEOS: Heartwaves Design together with authors
Web design: Heartwaves Design (dissociation.fi)
VOB design: VOB Publisher
FACEBOOK: viisi naista
BEHANCE: project portfolio
BUY BOOKS: Peaceful Impact Publisher

Capturing moments of cultural change
Capturing moments of cultural change