Nordic Docs & Shorts at Sheffield DocFest 2023


The Mountains
Christian Einshøj / Denmark / 2023 / 88 min
Presented at Nordisk Panorama Forum

Twice Colonized
Lin Alluna / Denmark, Canada, Greenland / 2023 / 92 min
Presented at Nordisk Panorama Forum

Under the Sky of Damascus
Heba Khaled, Talal Derki, Ali Wajeeh / Denmark, Syria, Germany, USA / 2023 / 88 min


Praying for Armageddon
Tonje Hessen Schei / Norway / 2023 / 97 min


Breaking Social
Fredrik Gertten / Sweden / 2023 / 93 min

Christer Wahlberg / Sweden / 2023 / 15 min

The Gullspång Miracle
Maria Fredriksson / Sweden / 2023 / 106 min
Presented at Nordisk Panorama Forum


If only night wouldn’t fall
Marc Schmidt / Netherlands, Norway, USA / 2023 / 84 min

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood
Anna Hints / Estonia, France, Iceland / 2023 / 89 min

The Takeover
Anders Hammer / USA, Afghanistan, Norway / 2023 / 35 min

Nordic Projects at Sheffield DocFest MeetMarket

Rough Cut Projects

Life is Beautiful
Norway / Director: Mohamed Jabaly / Producer: KriStine Skaret (Stray Dog Norway AS)

Stuck in the Arctic, a young Palestinian filmmaker is forced to confront what it means to be stateless and displaced – labels he resists. With his camera as a witness, he records seven years of triumph, defeat, and perseverance, as he fights for his right to self-determination.

MeetMarket Projects


Denmark, Netherlands, United Kingdom / Directors: Anita Mathal Hopland, Jens Lengerke / Producers: Kasper Lykke Schultz (Elk Film), Birgitte Keseler (Elk Film)

With exclusive access Breaker tells the story of the world’s four best breakdancers’ journeys towards the Olympic Games in 2024.
Presented at Nordisk Panorama Forum

The House Is Still Dark

Denmark, Nicaragua, USA / Director: Felipe Roa Pilar / Producers: Thor Hampus Bank (GotFat Productions), Dara Nicole Diaz Rios

Within the Nicaraguan jungle, a mental disorder appears among isolated indigenous communities. A psychologist sets out on a journey to find the cause of the illness. Along the way, he witnesses frightening testimonials and symptoms that relate to acts of violence, rape, and murder by landgrabbers.


Norway / Director: Daniel Nils Roberts / Producer: Anne Köhncke (Final Cut for Real)

Cartoons won Ali Dorani his freedom from years of refugee detention. Can he now use them to leave the past behind?

Past Future Continuous

Norway, Iran, Italy / Directors: Firouzeh Khosrovani, Morteza Ahmadvand / Producers: Fabien Greenberg (Antipode Films), Bård Kjøge Rønning (Antipode Films)

For forty years, my cousin Maryam, a reluctant immigrant in the US, has not forgotten her escape from mountainous Iran’s border wrapped in a sheep’s skin.


Sweden, Scotland / Director: Gustav Littorin / Producers: Ashley Smith (Sisyfos Film Production), Clara Harris (Sisyfos Film Production)

Riding elevators provides Andrew an escape from the world outside. Growing up on the autism spectrum has always made him feel like an outsider. When he posts an elevator video online, he suddenly sparks a community of like-minded souls into existence. A network of friends and deep connections bring Andrew’s life surprising new meaning.
Presented at Nordisk Panorama Forum

Co-Production Projects

Japan A Story of Love and Death
United Kingdom, Japan, Finland, Ireland, Norway / Director: Sean Mcallister / Producers: Chris Hees (10Ft Films), Sean Mcallister

Knowing he hasn’t got long to live after overcoming stage 4 cancer, Naoki 66 a lifelong Japanese rebel wants to make amends to the people he has wronged in his life making a ‘journey of atonement’ to say sorry and to be reunited with Taichi the 3 year old son he abandoned from his first marriage.


Poland, Denmark / Director: Agnieszka Zwiefka / Producers: Zofia Kujawska (Chilli Productions), Sigrid Dyekjær (Real Lava), Agnieszka Zwiefka

After her mom’s tragic death on the Polish-Belarusian border a 16-year-old Kurdish girl has to become a mother for her 4 younger brothers as the family deals with trauma and tries to establish a new life in Europe. A partially animated coming-of-age story in the shadow of a global refugee crisis.

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