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Here’s a litte film in Swedish showing the dedication of a hiking trail which follows the remains of small stone huts which were built in the 19th century by Erik Daniels, a poor man who wanted to live his own life. He supported himself by helping out on the farms, mending nets and fishing. In the summers he wandered through his parish Noraström at the High Coast in Sweden, sleeping in one of his shelters. In winter, he had to go to the peasants who gave him food and let him sleep in the stall or a chamber.

The music is by the group Noratrion: Klas Norberg, Jesper Norberg and Erik Eurenius.
Hans Öhman speeks about the life eand death of Erik Daniels.
 

 
Watch “4 Seasons at the Swedish High Coast”, a short film without text featuring the beautiful nature and  season-related activities at the Swedish High Coast:
we attend a winter festival in Kramfors, see the rock carvings at Nämforsen, visit several artists at the anual “Konstrunda” exhibition, celebrate Midummer and take part in a moose hunt.


 
 

We’ve 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

Weaving

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Dance

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.

Fire

Last journey

An old woman is carried to the poorhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Emigration

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

 

 

  • May 31st, 2014
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