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Charcoal - A history of a factory

A short documentary of one of Swedens largest charcoal factories. When it reached it's peak, 400 hundred people worked here, and exported coal and tar all over the world. Now, the only thing that remains is the buildings, and the silence.

  • Johan Bodell
    The Way Down, Killer Raise
  • Johan Bodell
  • Johan Bodell
  • Matt Donner
  • Inge Sahlberg
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Skogens Kol
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Social, Enviornment
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 12, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,700 USD
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    Digital, 16mm
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  • Cannes Short film corner
    Cannes, France
    May 12, 2015
  • Kilafors Biografteater
    Kilafors, Sweden
    April 12, 2015
Director Biography - Johan Bodell

Swedish filmmaker in his mid 20's. Have been doing films since the age of 12.
Moved across the country to study film at the age of 15. Have since worked with distribution of films on a Scandinavian VOD service, studied film production in California, directed shorts, music videos, worked as production coordinator on international TV-show and feature film and travelled to over 40 countries

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Director Statement

This is a film I've wanted to make for a long time. I grew up a couple of minutes outside the factory and always known that my family had a connection to the factory, but it wasn't until I started the research for this film that I realised that my family have been working there for five generations, and how great the factory was in it's glory days and what impact it had on the small village, and the people living there and spent their whole lives creating charcoal and tar. Products that was exported all over the world.