The Refuge: Year One

The Refuge depicts one artists journey to self discovery in a bit different way. After a year, instead of finding himself, The Anté Dote realized that depression was the demon he had struggled to find a name for. In a sense The Refuge’s musical exploration into manic depression and Anté’s will to experience something real with his audience came through when all was said and done. This documentary travels with Anté from his rehearsal space to streets and seedy clubs of Berlin where he plays his guerilla gigs and experimental concerts in front of amazed bystanders. The Refuge was a place and a state of mind where all could escape to, even if it managed to save only one soul in the end, we are all better for it.

  • Janne Vuorela
    Persian Black Metal Story
  • Janne Vuorela
    Persian Black Metal Story
  • Janne Vuorela
    Persian Black Metal Story
  • The Anté Dote
    Key Cast
  • Karo Riikola
    Director Of Photography
    Persian Black Metal Story
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    January 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 EUR
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  • The Lift-Off Sessions
    United Kingdom
    February 15, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Sweden Film Awards

    March 1, 2021
  • Kerala Short Film Festival
    November 13, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Himachal Short Film Festival
    October 2, 2021
    Official Selection
  • G Underground Film Festival
    July 21, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Pune Short Film Festival
    October 8, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Goa Short Film Festival
    November 20, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Snow Leopard International Film Festival
    April 7, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Alibag Short Film Festival
    Alibag, Maharashtra
    January 30, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Janne Vuorela

I am a Journalist and an independent filmmaker based in Berlin. Outside my day job in news industry I mainly work on my own projects. My goal is to stay truly independent and only tackle topics that inspire and interest me, this has led me to explore wide range of themes from sex work to football and extreme metal music.

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Director Statement

Berlin 2018 and something was happening, yet another artist was looking to find himself, in other words nothing much was happening. Artist known as The Anté Dote was starting a new and different kind of music project called The Refuge. Heartcore, as the genre was named, mixed two types of music not traditionally considered as art, Techno and Hardcore. The high hopes were that marrying these unlikely bed fellows would end up as art or at least artistic.

In the heart of The Refuge was the wish to explore manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, still a taboo in our society to a certain degree. The aim was to create a safe space where these things could be examined with respect and where all things usually swept under the rug would get an honest look and treatment. The Refuge was a place where the audience and the artists could escape to and together experience something real.

As it often is, big ideas can carry only that much water for us. As Anté was playing his all night sets alone in his rehearsal room and guerilla gigs in the streets of Berlin or experimental concerts in seedy clubs, The Refuge’s focus started to turn inwards on the artist himself. When nobody seemed to be answering his calls, Anté decided to pick up the receiver himself. The project became a one person escape pod as the artist realized that the calls had been coming from inside the house the whole time. Interestingly enough the manic phase never came to play but after a year of searching to find a name for his inner demons and then battling the uncovered depression, Anté was ready to put The Refuge in ice, for the time being it had served it’s purpose.