Imagine you’ve left the old story behind. You know, the one that takes for granted that earth belongs to humans to exploit at will. You’ve started a hike into the unknown. There’s no map and for all you know you could be going in circles. You turn around and see the smog hanging over the world you left behind, and realize that even if you’re lost and without a map you’re still on the right track.

Campfire Stories is a platform for film that wants to find and affect the root cause of our global issues, instead of just pointing out the symptoms.

On Biodynamic Farming (19 min)

I tell a friend I’ve moved to the coutryside, to a place of alternative ideas; Järna, Sweden. “Oh, really? Aren’t those the nutjobs who bury cow skulls in the fields?”.

Well, yes: Järna is a bit of an alternative place, with lots of Waldorf schools, yoga practitioners and biodynamic farms. But what does that mean? Biodynamic farming I mean? I just always thought about it as something nice. Organic maybe. Good for you somehow. But I’ll admit I’ve no clue what it actually is. What sets it apart from organic farming.

Since some of my friends who don’t live in Järna challenge me with comments like the one above, I feel I should investigate the matter a little. So that I have a better answer the next time. Do they really bury cow skulls in the fields? And if so, why? There must be a reason.

In this film we’ll meet Johan Nilsson, who is one of the chairpersons of the Swedish biodynamic farming association. We’ll also meet Johan’s partner Disa Mineur, who is a holistic reproductive coach.

Music and lyrics by Joakim Ehn. Directed by me, Mattias Olsson, for Campfire Stories.

To see a short teaser, click here.

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Film library

On Biodynamic Farming (19 min)

I tell a friend I’ve moved to Järna, Sweden – a place of alternative ideas. “Oh, really? Aren’t those the nutjobs who bury cow skulls in the fields?”.

An Unlearning (25 min)

When I was growing up I had the feeling something was “off” in the world. But I could never pinpoint what it was. Until I read Charles Eisenstein’s books.

On Fear (11 mins)

A bird falls dead at my feet and sends my thoughts spinning. An image of me on my own death bed. What will I be thinking about in my waning moments?

Birdhouse man (15 mins)

Passion. Obsession. And the best birdhouse in the world. My father may be over 80 but there’s no stopping him when inspiration strikes!

Seven o’clock (5 mins)

Most of us seem to believe there actually is such a thing as time, such a thing as tomorrow. But, of course, when we get to tomorrow it’s turned into the now.

On Freedom (18 mins)

A conversation with musician Randy K on his boat in New York. About being knocked out, having less but giving more, and forgiving your enemy.

On Ancestry (58 mins)

What does ancestry mean? For someone who’s adopted this is an acute question. A film about Emilio searching for his roots in Colombia.