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Documentary film day with intrusive theme

Published: 17 February 2020

Some of Sweden's leading documentary filmmakers gathered at the School of Music at Luleå University of Technology during Friday's documentary film day. This year's event circled around the most personal and how close we can go in film.

– Many filmmakers are currently turning their camera towards their own lives and experiences. This is not just something that takes place in the art of film, for example, see the autofiction of literature. That is why it felt interesting to drill a little deeper into this subject, says Marianne Söderberg, teacher of the university's journalism program and organizer of the day.

Delicate border

In addition to working at Luleå University of Technology, Marianne Söderberg is also a journalist and filmmaker. As such, she herself has been faced with the dilemma surrounding the boundary between personal and private.

– For me it is a delicate border. I am basically a journalist who wants to stand behind the camera, not in front and I occasionally go crazy about our constant look at our own self. On the other hand, there are examples of deeply personal stories that are absolutely adorable. When filmmakers dare to go very close to themselves and their own wounds, it becomes strong if done seriously.

Documentary Film Day is organized annually by Luleå University of Technology in collaboration with Filmpool Nord. During the day, several lectures were given by prominent filmmakers and media researchers and then concluded with an exclusive preview of Kersti Grunditz Brennan's and Annika Boholm's film BLOD. Marianne Söderberg sees documentary film day as an important meeting place for documentary filmmakers, but also as a collaborative arena between Luleå University of Technology and the surrounding community.

– Our ambition is to make documentary film day a meeting between industry, students, researchers and the general public. Documentary Film Day is also an excellent example of how Luleå University of Technology can collaborate with others outside the academic world - in this case Filmpool Nord, Sparbanken Nord and Piteå municipality.

New perspectives

Two of the filmmakers that visited this year's event were Kersti Grunditz Brennan and Annika Boholm. They are aboutt release their new movie BLOOD and looked forward to initiated conversations and exchange of experiences between filmmakers.

– Documentary film can be many different things and is often a lonely job, which is why it is so important to meet others in the industry and share their experiences and insights, says Kersti Grunditz Brennan and is supported by Annika Boholm.

- Suddenly another perspective arises that one may not have even thought of and sheds new light on one's own work.

The two describe the new work BLOOD as a consideration of the uterine-related life and the relationships in the wake of the blood. Shaped by turning the camera towards themselves. The deeply personal film also puts its finger on today's theme of how close a filmmaker can go himself and other people to film.

– There is a need for conversation about what the film does with who is in front of the camera, the viewer and the surrounding community. There is no simple definition of what is personal and private, says Kersti Grunditz Brennan.

– There is also the aspect of everything that is not included, the absence of perspectives that can be both personal and global. Another central question is HOW we do the portrayal in relation to the statutory, moral or ethical. It is something that we are constantly exploring in form and content, says Annika Boholm.

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