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The Burden (Min Börda)

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Niki Lindroth von Bahr / Short Narrative / Sweden / 2017 / 14 min / Colour / DCP / In Swedish / Arabic, English subtitles / Qatar Premiere
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.


Perhaps the first stop-motion animation, existential black comedy/musical film on record, ‘The Burden’ is a very dark look at the platitudes of contemporary existence – and how to avoid thinking about them. From the fish who populate a long-stay hotel to the monkeys who man the phones of a call centre, everyone has a song to sing or a dance routine to execute – all in the name of alleviating boredom and avoiding any consideration of existential meaning.

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About the Director

Niki Lindroth von Bahr is an artist and animation director based in Stockholm. She received her MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Her films ‘Tord and Tord’ (2010) and ‘Bath House’ (2014) have been screened at festivals around the world. ‘The Burden’ (2017) had its world premiere at the Gothenburg International Film Festival, where it won the Best Swedish Short Film and Audience Awards.


Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Kalle Wettre
Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Hans Appelqvist
Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Sales Company
New Europe Film Sales
Production Company
Malade AB
Hans Appelqvist
Swedish Film Institute
Olof Wretling, Mattias Fransson, Carl Englén, Sven Björklund

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