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In 2014 we got a request from the non-profit organisation SHRIC, Supporting Human Rights in China, to make a two-minute presentation video for their webpage, about the various groups and minorities that are brutally persecuted in China. Instead of doing interviews and a regular story, we thought about how to maximize the impact and to spread the important message.
In the end Tobias came up with the idea of making a pastische, of the then newly launched and praised Volvo commercial with Zlatan. The actors in the film were handpicked together with the organisation SHRIC in order to give an authentic persepective, The Tibetan was actually persecuted in Tibet for his beliefs, and had to flee through the mountains, and the scene with the Falun Gong practitioner is an re-enactment of the persecution and torture he had to endure by Chinese prison guards.
- A very special Renovation Story
In 2015 we were contacted by The Swedish Church (Fastighetssamverkan Norr), in order to document the full process of renovating one of the biggest Swedish Churches in the middle of Stockholm.
Instead of just documenting the process we suggested to make it into a full documentary, following the process from very different views. The result is a very colorful portrayal of the full process from the persepective of three main characters: a retired and perfectionist priest, a young female coordinator with big responsibility and the construction company manager.
The film will be broadcasted and shown on Swedish Television in spring 2019.
Short Film: A Forbidden Diary
We’ve been to China, filming for clients several times, and have become increasingly aware of the extent of the gruesome human rights abuses occurring there. During research for the Volvo-Zlatan-pastiche, we read many written accounts of Chinese who'd been unlawfully imprisoned, due to their conscience. One such story was found in fragments of a diary from the year of 1999, and it is the foundation of the short movie.
Red Lotus: Forbidden Diary explores the fragments of a diary written in a Chinese jail by a young lady, that overnight is become deprived of her most basic rights. She is pressured to give up everything she believes in, in order to ever see her family again.
The first parts of Red Lotus were filmed in a basement that hadn't been renovated for the last 70 years, which gave it the right atmosphere.
The crew included cinematographer Martin Nisser and chief lighting technician Jim Johanson.
The second part was a collaboration with Emil Mkrttchian, cinematographer, director and founder of the film production company
Apricot Stone, to film the background story with the family.
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