Straight Up

Straight Up – actress and director Theres Zoë R ichert ©Bill Watts (kopia)

Marcel admires himself in the mirror. When his girlfriend Jocelyn wakes up, Marcel wants to teach her yoga, but instead Jocelyn wrestles him to the bed and Marcel is challenged to accept something new about himself.

Directors’ vision:
The film is about masculinity and the courage to change both oneself and what is expected of a man – the norm. The film tries to question what is shameful and to facilitate the change of the gender roles.


Cast: Therese Zoê Richert, Mario Abou Raad
Scriptwriter : Therese Zoë Richert
Directors: Therese Zoë Richert & China Åhlander
Cinematographer: Bill Watts
Sound: Martin Hennel, Claus Lynge
Editor: China Åhlander
Composer: Jörgen Wernefedlt

Straight Up on IMDB

Year of Production: 2018
Duration: 8,5 min
Technical Info: 1:2 35 5.1 & stereo

Refugee 532 / Flykting 532

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Enis Tuka REFUGEE 532
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The unaccompanied refugee Sevko, 12, tries to cope with his new life in Sweden. He is struggling between hope and despair, waiting for news from the war zone in Bosnia. Being bullied by the other young refugees, he decides to throw a party his own way.

“Between 1992 and 1994 80.000 refugees came to Sweden. I was one of them, 17 years old, who ended up in Uddevalla refugee camp 117 in Sweden. Our film about Sevko originates from my memories from that time.”
director Goran Kapetanović


Enis Tuka, Haris Murić, Timur Vilić, Aldin Kajmović, Mersim Saljević, Milan Dragišić
Written by Goran Kapetanović & China Åhlander
Directed by Goran Kapetanović
Director of Photography Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
Set Designer Li Garpenfeldt
Costume Designer Paola Billberg Johansson
Make Up Kaj Grönberg
Sound Designers Martin Hennel & Claus Lynge
Editors China Åhlander & Aleksandra Gowin
Producer China Åhlander
In co-production with Film i Skåne & Sveriges Television
Financial support from the Swedish Film Institute & The Swedish Arts Grants Committee

World Premiere at the Montreal lnternational Film Festival 2015


Nominated Best Swedish Short at the Uppsala lnternational Film Festival 2015

Year of production: 2015
Duration: 14,5 min
Technical info: colour, 1:1,85, 5.1 & stereo
Languages: Bosnian & Swedish
Subtitles: English, Swedish

Close to the Soil / Thure Andersson i Rävetofta

Close to the Soil is a short documentary made by China Åhlander.

Thure was a farmer who never gave in buying a tractor like every other farmer did during the 50-60’s. He continued working with his horses and achieved something very unusual thirty years later – the gift of being close to the soil and what that does to your soul.

Farmer Thure Andersson ploughs his land with his horses and has never been interested in buying a tractor. “To be close to the soil, to feel the way it smells, to walk behind the horses – these are pleasant things”, says Thure.
“The rythm in Thure’s work and way of life fascinates me”, says China.

Thure managed to stand the pressure. It takes character to do that. He said that “it’s never the same, ploughing with a tractor.” “You just don’t get that… When you’re close to the soil you feel the earth and everything.”


Nominated the BEST SWEDISH SHORT 2000 at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

Awarded the BEST DOCUMENTARY at the Aspen Short Film Festival and with the JURY AWARD at the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, USA.

“We chose a film that handled its subject with an exquisite delicacy. The film is filled with beautiful and expressive imagery which brings its themes of loss and the passage of time to life in a way we found deeply moving.”
Aspen Film Festival 2001

“With an economy of words and a power of image, Close to the Soil allows us to reflect on the passage of time and the end of an era.”
Mountainfilm in Telluride 2001

Awarded the BEST SHORT AWARD at the Nature Film Festival LIVING EUROPE 2003 in Helsingborg, Sweden.
“A sad, unsentimental and emotional film, which reminds us of countryside skills and talents that are fast disappearing during our own lifetime.”

“Ten minutes to soothe your soul.”
Film critic Elisabeth Sörenson, SvD 18 Feb 2000 (Swedish newspaper)

Year of production: 2000
Format: 35 mm, 1:1,66, dolby SR
Duration: 10 min
Subtitles: English, Swedish

On Suffocation

On Suffocation trailer
ON SUFFOCATION photo by Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
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A film about when the system becomes more important than human life. Seven minutes without dialogue about an execution.

World premiere at the Sundance International Film Festival 2013



Poyan Karimi, Peshang Rad, Ali Dawoud, Zana Penjweni, Kurdi Kara, Ako Rauf
Written and directed by Jenifer Malmqvist
Cinematography Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
Sound Mikael Körner
Set Design Mattias Engström
Makeup Katarina Kovacs
Editing Jenifer Malmqvist, Petra Ahlin
Digital Mastering Wojtek Janio
Grading Gosia Gryb
Re-recording mix Claus Lynge
Produced by China Åhlander
Production Company Anagram Film
In co-production with Film i Skåne, Joakim Strand, Sveriges Television, Helena Ingelsten
With financial support from Svenska Filminstitutet, film commissioner Andra Lasmanis
In collaboration with FilmGEAR Aps, Stengården Film, BoostHbg, Filmcentrum Syd, Ministi, South Sweden Films, Fixafilm

Awards & Nominations

2014 Guldbagge (Swedish Oscars) for Best Short
2014 Special mention at the Lolly Award, XPOSED International Queer Film Festival, Berlin, Germany
2013 International Grand Prix, Regard Sur Le Court Métrage, Saguenay, Canada
2013 World of Maps Award, Capalbio Cinema, Capalbio, Italy
2013 Laicity Prize, Reggio Film Festival, Reggio Emilia, Italy
2013 Best Swedish Short, 32nd Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Uppsala, Sweden
2013 Red Citation Humanitarian Award, 24fps International Short Film Festival, Abilene, USA

Duration: 7 minutes
Technical info: colour, 16:9, 5.1
No dialogue