As We're Told

Labour: Our Life
Erik Holmström
Fredrik Wenzel
Sweden
2017
28min
Swedish

"It's simple! We do as we're told." This disconcerting reply comes from a Swedish employment office employee when asked about how the agency works. In this creative documentary, case workers, receptionists and psychologists reveal how the Swedish employment system is failing. They complain about inadequate software and mystifying error messages, excessive caseloads and demoralizing results. The staff of the Swedish unemployment office are rendered as cardboard puppets, and the result is a fascinating, comical and artistic study of human strategies for coping with an irrational bureaucracy.

Projections: 
11.10. Saturday 18:00
Művész
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Producer: 
Hedvig Lundgren
Editor: 
Fredrik Wenzel
Story Editor: 
Roland Paulsen
Scriptwriter: 
Erik Holmström
Fredrik Wenzel
Camera: 
Fredrik Wenzel
Sound: 
Jan Alvemark
Music: 
Lisa Holmqvist
Production info: 
Fasad Production Ab
Distribution info: 
Fasad Production AB, Hedvig Lundgren, Tomtebogatan 14A ÖG 11339, Stockholm, Sweden, Telephone: 46706628215, hedvig@fasad.se, www.fasad.se
Festivals: 
IDFA
GIFF
Tempo
Thessaloniki FF
Grimstad
Addis Abeba FF
Nordic Panorama
GoShorts
Awards: 
IDFA 2017, Special Jury Prize Best Short Doc
Grimstad Filmfestival 2018 Gullstolen Best Short Doc