Everything Wrong and Nowhere To Go

A filmmaker in Los Angeles turns the camera on herself to go in search of a cure for her crippling climate anxiety in a deeply personal documentary about therapy and existential threat.

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
April 20, 2023
12 minutes
Funding Initiative
Short-Form Series and Special Projects
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Sindha Agha

Writer and director Sindha Agha’s work includes: the Emmy-nominated Birth Control Your Own Adventure (The New York Times); The Principles of Pleasure (Netflix); How to Be a Person (Channel 4); Body Language (BBC Three); The Desire to Own Nothing (The New Yorker); Impossible Time (Vox); and contributions to Radiolab and The Atlantic.

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Elizabeth Woodward

Producer Elizabeth Woodward founded Willa Productions and co-produced Emmy- and BAFTA- nominated The Great Hack (Netflix). Other projects include  POV’s On the Divide (PBS) directed by Maya Cueva and Leah Galant. She was selected for Forbes 30 under 30’s Media List, Berlinale Talents, and Impact Partners Producer Fellowship. 

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The Film

For filmmaker Sindha Agha, it’s the same pattern year after year: the arrival of fire season in Southern California triggers a revolving cycle of nightmares about a whole host of natural disasters – floods, flames, drought, storms. Then there’s the weekly cry about ecological destruction and lungs full of wildfire smoke, followed by an overwhelming sense of misanthropy and subsequent self-loathing. Arguably the most disturbing part of the pattern comes at the end, as the fires begin their annual reprieve they trigger a sense of cognitive dissonance. 

Whether it’s excruciating grief, overwhelming anxiety, or delusional detachment — climate change poses a real threat to our minds. But equally consequential is the threat our minds pose to climate change. How can we find a space of emotional balance, where we can stay attentive to this crisis without becoming debilitated by it? Sindha Agha doesn’t have the answers. But thankfully, much more qualified people are digging deep to develop tools for emotional resilience in the age of climate change. Agha dives into the field of “climate psychology,” signing herself up for therapy with prominent eco-therapist Leslie Davenport, documenting their sessions together and chronicling her own unfolding exploration of climate change and emotional interiority. 

Everything Wrong and Nowhere to Go is a strikingly candid and comedic self-portrait, an emotional journey which weaves in and out of fear, helplessness, guilt, anger, and ultimately healing. Agha finds a place within herself to go when everything does indeed feel wrong, and forges a new vocabulary for talking about intractable threats and the burden they place on our minds as well as our planet.