Ida is a young Norwegian woman, struggling with a very turbulent emotional life caused by emotionally unstable personality disorder (borderline). For the last eight years, Ida has kept a video diary in order to ease her mind and structure her thoughts. In her diary we get a unique insight into a world of fear and anxiety, but also precious moments of everyday victories and self-discovery. Most importantly we get to witness her powerful struggle towards self-acceptance and a genuine appreciation of life. Ida’s Diary is a film about hope, about finding your own identity and daring to live.
I’ve tried to make a film that focus less why people hurt themselves or why they have mental issues. Rather I’ve tried to make a film that shows what leading a life like Ida’s actually feels like.
August B. Hanssen
I accidentally showed my friend some of my old video diaries, and she responded that these films could possibly help others, and that she knew a documentary filmmaker she wanted to put me in touch with. Quite nervous, I sent this filmmaker a memory stick containing the films.
Director August B. Hanssen will attend the screening of Ida’s Diary on the 24th of September.