Suicide Note is a complex visual and audio poem of red balloons and little blue birds that fly, with a haunting soundtrack, clever artful cinematography and thought provoking narratives that gives you a refreshing insight into the film’s subject of suicide. This film takes you on a journey across the world through depression, performative gender exploration, reclamation and imagination. Packed with sensory stimulation, it truly deserves to be watched by many!Misster Raju Rage, Programmer and Coordinator of the Transgender Film Festival 2008 and Mini Queer and Trans of Colour Film Festival Berlin 2011
A. K. Prince circumfuses journeys and unspoken dialogues of agency, birth, rebirth, re-death, survival, acceptance, fearlessness and hope, all the while replacing archaic unbendable rigid perceptions of suicide.
The film follows around a queer survivor through various landscapes, of city and country, art and institution. Sexuality and gender expression emerge as acts of resistance, reclaiming the non-conforming body and mind from the forces that seek to confine it and normalize it. The story finds its thrilling climax in a drag performance at a popular queer stage in Toronto, where the protagonist performs her story in front of a cheering crowd, to the exhilarating beats of a South Asian tune.
Prince Jei, Trans of Colour Artist
Suicide Note is a film whose narrative, finally, invites an audience to engage the political activity of questioning: of questioning not only how pathologies might be narrated, but how those narratives might be pathologized.
Charlie Haddad, Psychiatric Survivor
Suicide Note disappoints any desire for a happy ending in the conventional sense. It disrupts dominant teleologies of suicide and depression that move their subject from mental illness to mental health. It refuses a timeline of pathology, aetiology, therapy, recovery and integration. Far removed from dominant methods of narrating trauma, such as testimonial or bio-medicine, the film rebels against realism and narrative coherence.
Jin Haritaworn, Assistant Professor at York University
To explore issues of suicide, artist A. K. Prince takes us on a journey where mainstream media never goes […] The film, by virtue of its poetic form, is unlike most stories dealing with suicide. It opens in a psychiatric hospital in Hong Kong. After that, there is no sequential chain of events. Using text, music and video, viewers must distinguish between reality, fantasy and memory.
Shannon Clarke, Shameless Magazine