Minor Leap Down, A

“a filmmaker preparing to rise in the ranks” – The Hollywood Reporter

Almost halfway through her pregnancy, Nahal (Negar Javaherian) learns the worst: Her baby has died inside her, and must be removed. Compounding her misery, she can’t express her tragedy to her status-obsessed middle-class Iranian family – and they don’t want to listen. She silently, robotically resumes her bleak daily grind, knowing her family will force her back on the antidepressants she was taking before her pregnancy. Before long, her silence turns to revolution as she tries to break free of both repression and depression.

Winner of the FIPRESCI prize for best film in Panorama at this year’s Berlinale, A Minor Leap Down is a subtle, nuanced work that illuminates a growing global mental health problem.

Actress and APSA International Jury Member Negar Javaherian in attendance.