Ahang Bashi was born in 1984 in Shiraz, Iran, and moved to Sweden with her family when she was three years old. She now lives and works in Stockholm. Ahang studied social anthropology at Dalarna University before she discovered documentary filmmaking. In 2011 she graduated from the documentary filmmaking program at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she during her studies directed the award-winning Paradiset (Paradise). Her first feature length documentary Fragility (2016) won her the prize for Newcomer of the year at Guldbaggegalan 2017, Best Swedish Feature – The City Of Gothenburg Award at GFF 2017 and the Mai Zetterling Grant during the same festival.
For Ahang filmmaking is a way to make personal issues political, and her films often concern issues of identity, alienation, migration and love. Her personally told documentaries cut straight through the heart at the same time as the often present tragicomical elements makes the audience laugh. Currently Ahang is working on her first fiction feature The Gods (working title) based on a book by Elin Cullhed.
2014 – Fragility (Skörheten) documentary
2011 – Handläggaren (Officer) documentary (assistant director and editor)
2010 – My Family Before Me, video art
2010 – Randy evaluates Sweden, documentary (Co-director with Mattias Olsson)
2009 – Paradiset (The Paradise) documentary
2008 – Kontrollen (Control) short film about ticket inspectors, documentary
2008 – Medan vi väntar (While we wait) documentary about young people in Tehran
2007 – Mitt namn är Ahang (My Name is Ahang) self-portrait, documentary