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Becoming a Professional Dancer – Born 1980 Something

The first episode of Born 1980 Something features Erika O’Neil. A professional dancer and choreographer from my hometown, Sandviken

Making your first feature documentary is hard, and it’s a process that you rarely get a close look at. This is why I decided to start documenting my own struggle as a filmmaker.

About three years ago I started working on my debut feature doc called The Pearl Of Africa. Making it seems to be impossible, which I why I decided to create a vlog about the struggle of being an artist.

Today, we release the first episode Born in 1980 Something as a part of the vlog. It’s a short documentary about young creative Swedes born between late some 70 and early 90. In the series, we follow a creative generation that went against the community and their parents to follow their dreams. The series depicts a Sweden in transition.

We go behind the scenes with mostly unknown artists, musicians, filmmakers, etc, who all have parents who grew up in another time, when the people rather worked in the steel industry than become artists.

It is in many ways a forgotten creative generation which had to go against society and their own parents who grew up in a completely different time. Unlike their parents they are all grown up in a globalized world, thinking that everything is possible with the right mindset.

We will meet young creators on their way to becoming “real” adults, but are still struggling to make their dreams come a reality.

In the wave of racism which today permeates Sweden, we also want to use the project to highlight Swedes with foreign roots. Through them, we want to explore how it is like to come to a new country and fight to support themselves and their family. The first episode features Erika O’Neil. A professional dancer and choreographer from my hometown, Sandviken

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