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Diagnonsense is director Ane-Martha Tamnes Hansgård's self-reflexive documentary about her experience of being diagnosed with several mental disorders over fifteen years, from a very early age. A fragmented, yet compelling and touching coming-of-age tale.

For over 15 years, Ane-Martha Tamnes Hansgård was labeled with several serious psychiatric diagnoses. Her perpetual treatment process included heavy doses of medication, which left her struggling to distinguish between her own identity and the one explained by her various conditions. In an effort to find herself, she began documenting her life. The film seeks to answer a key question: is receiving a diagnosis ultimately beneficial? What is left after liberating one’s self from the diagnostic system? When can the real journey – that of living – begin?

The result is a unique cinematic universe, where the director is sculpting a narrative from an extensive collection of private archival footage. This documentary is both honest, humorous, intimate and relatable.


Ane-Martha is a filmmaker from Northern Norway. Drawing on deeply personal and taboo stories, her projects shed light on how these are connected to societal and structural issues. Her cinematic expressions revolve around interhuman situations, and she often draws inspiration from dance, dreamlike and surreal elements, or from her numerous road trips with her dog, Pippi.

As a director, she is interested in challenging norms and engages in narratives from female and LGBTQIA+ perspectives. With a desire to create a collaborative space where filmmakers can freely explore and convey their stories, she established the production company Mattima FILMS in 2011.

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