We’ve just finished the  HD 1080 documentary “Alda’s World”, here’s the trailer on Vimeo:


The 58 minutes long documentary „Alda’s World“ takes us into the world of the Swedish painter Alda Boström.
She was born as a child to hard labouring peasants in the deep forests of northern Sweden.
She grew up in a world that has begun to fade away since the sixties, a world formed by an unforgiving nature with icy winters and short summers, where the village-dwellers had to be self-supporting.

Alda Boström

Alda Boström telling a story

In her adult life, Alda gathered the stories that were passed down since the 18th century in her home village Risbäck, which is situated on the border to Lapland.

Valley of the river Moälv

View over the valley of the river Moälv

The village Risbäck

Risbäck in winter, surrounded by deep forests







And she begun to paint them… Now every wall in her home is covered with pictures telling stories of hard work and simple life.


Rest from Work

Paraphrase on Vincent van Gogh's “Noon: Rest from Work (after Millet) “: Alda painted her parents resting in the hay.


Spreading manure in late winter








She describes her own childhood with all it’s joys, the daily life in the village, dances in the summer, the struggle against the cold winters.


Ballroom dance in the barn

Winter fodder

Winter forage for the cattle







But also religion and beliefs have their place in her images: From freechurch mission-meetings to supernatural beings called Vittra, who lived together with their human neighbors, also raising cattle like them.

Mission meeting

Freechurch mission meeting beeing held in a barn

Vittra women

Vittra women with their white cows

And there are the catastrophes:
A small child being carried into the forest by a wolf during a hard winter in the 18th century, fires, bear attacks, hunger and poverty.


Last journey

An old woman is carried to the poorhouse







Some of the villagers seeked their fortune in emigrating to the USA and Canada.


Relatives to Alda who emigrated to Canada

In this documentary Alda tells some of these stories and lets us travel through her pictures.

The walls in Alda's home are covered with paintings

We accompany her when she works with her husband Sven in their forest, we visit a camp of bear hunters and we show the fascinating northern nature.

Alda working in the forest

Bear hunter's camp

Beaver on it's lodge

River near the bear hunter's camp













This film is a poetic journey into a time gone by, vanished – but not completely so.

Painting depicting life in the village

Paintings by Alda Boström
Music by Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski performed by the Russian Globalis Orchestra conducted by Konstantin Krimetz



  • October 28th, 2011
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