Fragility / Skörheten

Fragility is the very personal story of Ahang Bashi, a Swedish documentary film-maker who was born in Iran and fled to Sweden with her parents when she was a small child. Having never really dealt with the challenges and shock associated with this pivotal point in her life, Ahang takes us on the journey with her as she tackles one of the main reasons for her depression.

The documentary starts as Ahang is going through a very deep and very serious depression. She picks up the camera and films herself as she struggles to come with terms to why she feels the way she does, and how this current series of depressive states and panic attacks came to be. The documentary really studies the way Ahang thinks and behaves the way she does, and we watch as she discovers more about her true self. Throughout the documentary she comes to the conclusion that her emotions are buried deep in her parents fleeing Iran when she was a child. She then questions her family members about this event that isn’t talked about, and reveals the true emotions of everyone who had to go through this traumatic experience.

With a skin deep precision, beautiful imagery and black humour, Ahang Bashi carries the viewer into her swirling world of anxiety, sometimes dark and sometimes hopeful. The documentary is incredibly well made, and Ahang is truly brave for putting her most personal attributes on screen for an audience. While the reason for her depression is highly personal, Fragility has a warmth that makes it relatable, and as it travels around film festivals throughout Europe it is sure to resonate with the masses.

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.