Toxic Playground   2016 - Dröm Dig Hem - - AVID
 
Reality show for Swedish real estate portal Hemnet.se and TV4 about personal home projects, from compact living to a dream mansion.
   
 

Directed by Johan Skog. Produced by Storyfire.

 


  2016 - Sopkriget - 50' - Premiere
  Current affairs about the waste from luxury restaurants. The City of Stockholm is supposed to handle it, but the restaurants outsource it to other operators. Is it legal?. A war and a scandal is revealed.
 
 

Directed by Andreas Rocksén.
Produced by Laikafilm for Uppdrag Granskning/Swedish Television-SVT.


     
    2015 - The Art of Killing a Politician
Toxic Playground  

The Art of Killing a Politician Sandra Torres - first woman to become president of Guatemala? A tenacious struggle for social reforms in a violent country. Slandered in the mass media for her social commitment. Her candidacy is declared invalid.


Produced by Original Film AB.
Written and directed by Ulf Hultberg & Åsa Faringer.
Coproduction with Swedish Film Insitute and Dokument Utifrån-SVT






    2014 - Storm in the Andes
   

Josefin grew up in Sweden with a family myth about how her Peruvian aunt Augusta died in armed struggle for the poor. Augusta and her husband Abimael Guzman created the communist movement Sendero Luminoso and initiated a war that lasted twenty years. In Storm in the Andes Josefin travels to Peru to find out the truth. There she meets Flor who was born into the war. It changes her life forever.

Written and directed by Mikael Wiström. Funds from Swedish Film Insitute and SVT and others.


    2010 - Last Chapter (Goodbye Nicaragua) - Último Capítulo
    A feature length documentary about guilt and blood-stained ideologies. A bomb explodes for the first time at a press-conference in the jungle between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, killing and wounding more than 20 journalists. Now, a long time after, Swedish journalist Peter Torbiörnsson tries to find the brains behind this act of terrorismand he finally has to face the truth that it was his former friends that caused so many devastated lives of his colleagues. A journey through a landscape of lost revolutions and vanished dreams.
   


2010 Best documentary - Seville European Film Festival
2011 Best documentary - Nordisk Panorama, Aarhus
2011 Best international documentary - DOCSDF, Mexico City

   

Written and directed by Peter Torbiörnsson. Coproduction EdenFilm, SVT, Estudi Playtime, TV3-Catalunya, funds from Swedish Film Insitute


    2009 - Imprescindibles - Two one hour biographical documentaries - Final Cut
   

One about Spanish script writer Rafael Azcona and the other about Catalonian writer Josep Pla..

Written and directed by Fernando Olmeda. Produced by Notro Television for TVE (Cultura.es)


Toxic Playground   2009 - Toxic Playground (Blybarnen) - 58' - FinalCutPro
  Documentary about the toxic waste from a Swedish mine company, Boliden, that was dumped in the 80's in the town of Arica, northern Chile. It would cause a mayor health problem, especially for children living near by.
  2009 New Nordic Talent - Nordisk Panorama
2009 Pärnu International Film Festival - Best Film on Man and Nature
2010 Prix de la Terre - Parisscience
2011 Le Grand Prix du FIGRA
2011 Prix Jury Jeunes FIGRA
2011 Prix EST-Lille
 

Directed by William Johansson and Lars Edman. Produced by Laikafilm.

 

 

 

 


    2007 - The Return of Elder Pingree - 52'
   

Documentary-in-progress that follows lapsed Mormon Geoff Pingree as he retraces the steps he took 25 years ago in Guatemala as devout missionary 'Elder Pingree.' Combining archival material and contemporary footage, the film pairs Elder Pingree's earlier, single-minded journey with Geoff Pingree's ambivalent return to Guatemala in 2006 as he seeks to find the Guatemalans who once trusted him with their religious faith, attempts to understand the unsettling political conditions of which he was ignorant as a regimented missionary, and grapples with the basic human dilemma of how one can and ought to do good in the world.

Produced, directed, and written by Geoff Pingree, with financial support from The Writers' Bloc and from The Documentary Production Initiative at Oberlin College


    2006 - Den stora olyckan - 56' - FinalCutPro
   

Documentary about the director's childhood, an accident and life in Stockholm postwar 40's
By Peter Torbiörnsson/Vitögat Film&Television and SVT, Swedish TV


    2005 - Visits in Hell - 46' - FinalCutPro
   

Documentary, 46 min, about sexual abuse, criminal mara gangs, illegal adoptions and social cleansing of street children in Guatemala and Mexico.
Produced Åsa Faringer and Ulf Hultberg with funds from Swedish TV4


The Last Lacandones   2005 - The Last Lacandones - 56' - FinalCutPro
 

Creative documentary filmed in 2001-2004, about the lacandones, the inhabitants of the disappering rain forest in southern Chiapas, Mexico.

By Peter Torbiörnsson/Vitögat Film&Television with funds Swedish Filminstitute and SVT, Swedish TV

 


    2003 - Vi bara drömde... (They had a dream...) - 1h FinalCutPro
   

Documentary. A poetic and personal account of the bond between the director Lena Luckis own Polish family history and the Mongolian family that she knew when she lived there as a child. The film flashes back to the common history of the two families: The communist utopia of the sixtees.
FrontFilm with funds from Swedish TV, SVT


    2002 - Argentina's missing children - 58' - FinalCutPro
   

Documentary about a young woman looking for her brother, that was born in prision and taken away by argentine militaries. Both parents were among the nearly 30000 disappeared during the last dictatorship in Argentina.

Directed by Fatima LLorens, produced by FrontFilm with funds from Swedish TV, SVT


    2002 - Che Argentina - 5 x 15' - AVID
   

Five pieces about different young people in Argentina touching topics such as street artists, tango, disappeared persons in the last dictatorship, soccer and gaucho life. The series is part of a Spanish language course for educational television.

Produced by Göran Gester Films for Utbildningsardion, Swedish TV


    2001 - Kiruna BB - 58' - FinalCutPro
   

A poetic sensitive documentary about the closing of Maternity Clinic in a nothern Swedish town and the effects of centralizing and cutting budget cutting in Swedish health system.
Ventanafilm with funds from Swedish TV and Swedish Filminstitute


The Labyrinth of Truth   2001 - The Labyrinth of Truth - 1h15' - AVID
 

Creative documentary about peace and reconciliation in post war Nicaragua.
Director of Photography, cameraman and editor.

Produced and directed by Nitza Kakoseos/ElectramediaKakoseos Productions


   

1999 - Street Love - 1h15' - AVID

Drama-documentary for theatre release about a prostitute in Mexico City.
Directed by Åsa Faringer, produced by Ulf Hultberg

    test 2003 Best Women Film Award —San Francisco International Film Festival
    Orginalfilm, Zentropa/Triangelfilm
Making of La Nube   1998 - Making Of "La Nube" - 25' - AVID
 

Backstage of the movie "La Nube" of Fernando "Pino" Solanas.
Director, cameraman and editor. Cinesur /Les Images du Sud

 


    1997 - Disappeared: Dagmar Hagelin - 26' - AVID
   

A father, Swedish citizen, tells the story about his daughter who disappeared during the military dictatorship in Argentina 1977.
Cameraman and editor. Directed by Peter Torbiörnssom, funds from TV4/Sweden


    1997 - "La participación comunitaria"
& "Cómo armar un proyecto comunitario" - 12 x 15' - AVID
   

Series of 12 educational videos for the"Programa de Fortalecimiento de la Sociedad Civil "
Secretaría de Desarrollo Social de la Nación / Argentine ministry of Social Development


Talking to the enemy  

1994 - Talking to the Enemy - 58' - Betacam SP

 

Award winning documentary about a multi millionaire businessman who was kidnapped by Salvadoran guerillas during the war. The film shows how the peace agreement in El Salvador made possible the reconciliation between old enemies.

 

  test 1995 The Grand Coral Prize - Best Foreign Film-Havana International Film Festival
1995 Gold Award —Chicago International Film Festival
1995 Gold Award —Bahía International Film Festival
1996 Finalist Award —The New York Festivals
   

by Nitza Kakoseos, ELECTRA MEDIA-Kakoseos Productions with funds from SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE


    1990 - Tales about children in Nicaragua - 10-15' - Linear Betacam SP
   

Four shorts-films about daily life in post war Nicaragua
Björnes Magasin /Utbildningsradion


Exile   1989 - Exile - 1h15' - 16mm-Steenbeck
 

 

Two feature lenght documentaries for movie theatre distribution and TV, about a sister who is a guerilla fighter in El Salvador, and her family in exile in Sweden.
Director of Photography, cameraman and editor.

  test 1989 Best Documentary of the year-Expressen, main Swedish eveningpaper
 

Swedish Filminstitute /SVT Kanal 1 Dokumentär.


    1986 - Chela-Love, dreams and struggle in Chile - 40' - 16mm-Steenbeck
   

Documentary about a 16 year old girl from the slums of Santiago de Chile, in times of military dictatorship.
Director of Photography, cameraman, editor and music.
Produced by Lars Bildt, directed by Lars Palmgren.. Funds from Swedish Filminstitute.


    1985 - Don’t Cry for Me Argentina - 50' - 16mm-Steenbeck
   

Documentary by Leif Hedman about Argentina.
TV2/SWEDEN / German TV / Finnish TV


    1985 - The Miner’s Strike - 58' - 16mm-KEM
   

Documentary about the social conditions of the miners in Wales
Tigerfilm, KjellÅke Andersson


  1985 - On the Loose - 35' - 35mm-Steenbeck
 

Medium length feature film for movie theatre release about, the pride of young industrial workers and thie work ethic. Featuring the rock-group Europe, and Swedish veteran rock singer Jerry Williams.
LO (National Trade Union)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


    1984 - G-the film - 1h15' - Super 16mm-Steenbeck
 

Feature-movie in 35mm about hashish, love and rock music. The film was panned by critics, but the young audience loved it. It became a cult movie.

Directed by Staffan Hildebrand
Produced by SF, Svensk Filmindustri.

 


    1982 - Mission: The Shoemaker’s Gang (Uppdrag Skomakarligan) - 1h 30' 16mm-Steenbeck
 

Documentary about a anti-drug police force and the capture of a hi-level heroin smuggling organization.
TV2/SWEDEN

    test The Golden Antenna: Best Freelance Production for Swedish TV


    1981 - The Week when Roger was Killed (Veckan då Roger Dödades) - 35' - 16mm-Steenbeck
   

Documentary/ficción about a real case of street-violence among youngsters in Stockholm.
Swedish Filminstitute.

Best youth-film, Barnens Bio Kontrast


    1980 - Bai Bang-the Paper Mill - 50' - 16mm-Steenbeck
   

Corporate documentary about a huge paper mill aid project in North Vietnam
SIDA Swedish Foreign Aid Organization


    1978 - The Land of 14 (Fjortonårslandet) - 58' - 16mm-Steenbeck
   

Documentary about youth culture among teenagers:
Punks, skaters and rock music.
TV2/SWEDEN


    1976 - Ti-a boy in Bangkok - 40' - 16mm-Steenbeck
   

Documentary about a street-boy.
Editor, soundman and camera-assistant. TV2/SWEDENUsed as educational material in schools in Denmark, Norway and Sweden


    1975 - From Delsbo to Saigon (Från Delsbo Till Saigon) - 40' - 16mm-Steenbeck
   

Documentary about folk music in Saigon and in a village of northern Sweden..
Editor, soundman and camera-assistant. TV2/SWEDEN.



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