Knas is the story of the refugee family Korostami. For my degree project, I wrote the script and drew the storyboard for an episode from the story.
The year is 1986. Sweden’s Prime Minister has been murdered, nuclear fallout rains down over the Gävle area, and Maradona has single-handedly won the victory for Argentina in the soccer World Cup. A plane from Milan lands at Arlanda Airport. On board are a family with two children, they wait patiently for all the other travelers to pass through customs before the father goes to the border police and says: “No passports.” They have fled a war-torn Iran and have arrived to a new life in a new country, Sweden.
Four years later, Khomeini is dead. The Berlin Wall has fallen. The Soviet Union is no more and the Cold War is over. The world is different. Sweden is in a deep recession, and right-wing winds are blowing. Sweden is different.
The family has lived in Borlänge for a couple of years, each member trying to find their place in a society whose traditions, views on family life and what the norm is stand in contrast to those of their homeland. But in the new country, it is not sufficient to adapt, everyone has to redefine for themselves what belonging and a family are – if they are going to manage to keep it together.