Borderline | Radji

border Sweden - Norway
a film by Georg Götmark & John Erling Utsi
In production
In Northern-Scandinavia, a seemingly never-ending border conflict is going on between the indigenous Sami people and the Norwegian and Swedish authorities.

Radji is a film about Simon and Beatrice a Swedish/Norwegian-Sami couple who are struggling to raise their kids, and survive as reindeer herders, in spite of the fact that the pastures of their reindeer are divided by the national border between the two countries. It is a film about the harsh vastness of nature, national identity, bureaucracy, cultural heritage and a pending court case against the Norwegian government that will decide they future of the reindeer herders from Saarivouma.

 

About the director

ABOUT GEORG GÖTMARK
Georg Götmark has a degree in Film and Cultural studies at Stockholm University and Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He has also completed a post-graduate course at the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm. 
Georg is currently working as a producer and director at the company Filmfront Media AB, that he has also co-founded. He has worked with documentaries & TV since 2001. During this period  he has worked on a number of international documentary projects, such as The Last Lacandones, a film about Mayan Indians shot in Mexico, Transit Tanger which was about the dream that many Moroccans have of starting a new life in Europe and Citizen Oketch a film about a family living in the Kibera slum outside of Nairobi. During this period Georg has also produced a number of TV-series and reportages in many different countries for Swedish television, and a number of educational films for universities, organizations and companies, on many different topics. 
The last five years Georg has worked on his first feature creative documentary called UR. BELLUM – THE DAEMON OF WAR (2021) about AI, robotics, and ethics. The films has been supported by the Swedish and Danish film institutes and the Scandinavian TV channels and had its world premiere at Visions du Réel 2021

ABOUT JOHN ERLING UTSI
John Erling Utsi is a Sami filmmaker and journalist with an extensive career at SVT-Sápmi and as a freelancer.

Credits

directed by
Georg Götmark
John Erling Utsi

written by
Frederik Nicolai
Georg Götmark
John Erling Utsi

director of photography
Karl-Emil Rickardsen

assistant director
Domenico Centrone

production manager
Iva Tkalec
Setareh Samavi

Awards & festivals

Winner Tromsø Palm at Tromsø International Film Festival, 2022

pitched at Below Zero, Trømso, 2019

Norwegian premiere at Tromsø International Film Festival, 2022

Production Details

in co-production with
VRT-Canvas (BE)
Filmpool Nord (SE)
SVT (SE)

in co-production with
Relation 04 Media (NO)
Sami Kompania AB & Film Front (SE)
In_Script (LT), Kinoteka (HR)
UMedia
in association with UFund (BE)

with the support from
Flanders Audiovisual Fund
Screen Brussels | Brussels Capital Region
the Belgian Federal Government Tax Shelter (BE)

with the support from
Norwegian Film Institute
Lithuanian Film Center
Croatian Audiovisual Center

with the support from 
Film Fund Nord
Filmpool Nord
Nordnorsk Filmcenter

International Sami Film Institute

with the support from 
the Media Programme of the European Union