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Side Effects

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Side Effects

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About the Filmmaker

Eleonora Stella Hariyono Oei, more commonly known as Stella is an independent Indonesian filmmaker currently based in California. She’s currently attending the Character Animation program at California Institute of the Arts where she spends most of her time making films, comics, and doing other fun things that make her happy such as baking, pottery, and hanging around having fun with her lovely friends. Side Effects is her first-year film project, where she tries to explore and navigate the world of emotions!

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Drawing Exercise: Shade in your feelings of emotional exhaustion.

  • Grab a pen/pencil and paper, and draw an outline of yourself in the center of a blank page.
  • Think of the times when you feel emotionally burdened or exhausted by caring for others. Where do you feel that exhaustion? How depleted do you feel? 100%? 50%? Shade in the areas of your body that are most affected.
  • How do you get relief? From whom? Or what activity?
  • Quickly sketch these emotional relievers around the sketch of yourself, while noting how often you see the person or animal or engage in the activity.

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  1. Anonymous

    This is so true. If you take care of everyone, who will take care of you? Yourself and your dog. A dog is a mans best friend!

  2. Robin

    This is very true – everyday you start a fresh day and by the time you get home from work, everyone you take care of there has literally sucked every ounce of everything out of you leaving nothing left for you or your own family when you return home

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  4. catherine divich

    Great Illustration of emotional side effects….wow

  5. Kristen

    This video shows how caregiver strain is real! It is very exhausting putting on a strong uring face and being there for everyone else. It’s hard not to take it home at the end of the day.

  6. Anonymous

    Loved the ending where there was some one there for him too

    • Delecia Forbez

      So poignant. Who cares for the caregiver? So true being a carer can be self depleting and isolating. Care-givers especially need care if they are to be able to continue giving. 💓

    • Pilar

      Wao! Great way to make us realize how important is to take care of ourselves too.
      I’m personally working on that right now.
      Because all my life I had been like the main character, taking care of others but without the dog… and now after a very bad depresión I am starting to realized the importance of love myself.
      Thank you so much. For being there in my healing path.

  7. Del

    Outstanding illustration of the human ability to take on the hurt and pains of others. Many times we do this at the pearl of the one absorbing these many times intense emotions. How resilient we are as illustrated by hugging his pet dog how he himself was refreshed and recharged with joy and happiness. Well done!!!

  8. Anonymous

    loved it

    • Anonymous

      loved it

    • Fran

      I was struck by the coloring…If a person of color saw this, they could be offended. I realize that the meaning is not this…and it is important to be inclusive! Maybe blue would be a better color…it talks better to depression anyway.

  9. Anonymous

    This rings so true for me and how I feel some days. Really enjoyed this.

  10. Anonymous

    So short yet so powerful. You could feel the burden being added bit by bit and then lifted.

  11. Anonymous

    The power of unassuming loyalty and love.

  12. Ka

    really loved it.

  13. Anonymous

    My d.og would always know when i was sad. she passed just over a month ago. The AKC pet loss support group on facebook really helped, as many people don’t understand the bond.

  14. Anonymous

    Everyone needs to have a way to recharge. When you are drained or feel depleted you are no good to yourself or others. Self-care is not selfish when your motives are pure, right, true.

  15. Anonymous

    This was a great reminder of how something so small, but kind can make a difference in a life.

  16. Anonymous

    Great illustration of how we all need to take care of each other. Might want to rethink the use of color. Why is black always negative?

  17. VLB

    This shows that there needs to be more compassion in life and just a little help goes a long way.

  18. Marcia Henning

    Wonderful! Even the kindest beings need love and our dog friends are always there to renew us.

  19. Gwendolyn Carter

    Well done! Even without words, you understood what was being expressed. Good reminder for self care and recharging.

  20. Anonymous

    Very poignant! I am a caregiver and feel like this most days. With the crazy world we live in these days it just gets worse. I wish people would go back to taking things at face value instead of trying to find “a deeper meaning” that isn’t/wasn’t there. Makes me feel black, blue, red, yellow, green and purple!!

  21. Anonymous

    I’ve seen this video before and loved it. Whether its a pet or a person we all need someone that takes our stress away.

  22. Ally

    Very important to take care of ourselves if we want to take care of others.


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