Trauma connected to migration, upheaval of the safety of a well-known home and the alienation in a new country are some of the reasons why studies show that refugees and asylum seekers are susceptible to developing anxiety disorders. It is also well-documented that women are more likely to develop anxiety disorders than men, which is believed to have to due with the stress of juggling many roles, longer hours of unpaid work and the image of female perfection that many women have to live up to. At the intersection of this we find Ahang Bashi’s documentary Fragility. Raw and personal footage from Bashi’s darkest moments show us how disabling living with anxiety and panic attacks is. The film also takes us on Bashi’s own journey back to her childhood and what might be the root of her own mental health. Beautiful and important work for the visibility of anxiety disorders and for anyone who wants to begin to understand how life with anxiety can be like.
Director Ahang Bashi will be present for the screening for a discussion about the film and the topics it brings up.
Fragility / Ahang Bashi / 2016 / Sweden / 73 min / Swedish
In the peak of her career documentary filmmaker Ahang Bashi falls down in a deep gorge of panic attacks and depression. With a skin deep precision, beautiful imagery and a black humor she carries the viewer into the swirling world of anxiety, sometimes dark and sometimes hopeful. With the camera as her tool she brings us back in time to the escape from Iran and the little girl who did not understand.
Venue: Agora Rollberg