Hugo Rozon was diagnosed with bipolar in the summer of his 18th birthday after returning from a road trip in California which ended in psychosis and a manic episode. Seven years later, the young man lifts the veil on his mental illness in a film he shot during a months-long trip to India and Nepal.
This 60-minute documentary titled The 108 Journey has been available online since last Thursday on the film’s website. By offering it free to the public, Hugo Rozon, who is now 25 years old, hopes to make his contribution by helping people who might experience situations similar to his.
“The biggest difficulty I had after my diagnosis was to think that I was alone in there and that I was misunderstood by everyone”, explains Hugo Rozon in an interview with Newspaper.
“If I had stumbled upon a movie like mine, it might have helped me understand that I wasn’t alone in it. Besides, after the trailer launched, I started getting testimonials from people thanking me and telling me that it made them cry. It really touched me. “
It was in November 2019 that Hugo Rozon decided to drop everything (including his job and his parts in a marketing agency) to go for several months to discover India. The idea of filming this initiatory journey was imposed along the way. In February 2020, co-director Mathieu Perrault Lapierre joined him to help him shoot the film. Filming ended in the midst of a pandemic last May.
Realizing The 108 Journey which he describes as a private diary, Hugo Rozon says he wanted to make peace with himself: “It was above all a work of introspection,” he says. The film tells about what happened during this trip. But it also brings together everything I have experienced since being diagnosed. “
Because Hugo Rozon lived through difficult times after receiving this diagnosis in 2013.
“It was a big shock to learn that at 18,” he admits. It took me two years to become myself again. However, each person who is diagnosed with bipolarity can experience it differently. […] For my part, I do not see myself as someone with bipolar. I see myself as a unique and different person. I am not someone who is always depressed in my home. I have great projects, good friends and things are going well most of the time. I don’t feel that my bipolar disorder is a disability. “