• Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 4.30 min
  • Director and Producer: Erik Pauser / Cecilia Parsberg
  • Editor/Composer: Johan Söderberg
  • Release: 2018
  • With Support From: SVT / SFI / Stockholm Konst /
    The Swedish Arts Grants Committee / Kulturbryggan


The film takes place in a forgotten corner of a big city, a place that has become the home of job-seeking migrants who have fallen through the net of the European free movement. The narrator Thomas has for three years been sleeping under a loading bridge. Now he’s about to be evicted. He represents those who want to do the right thing: work, support their family, live a worthy life. The film was part of the short film series RÖST (Voice) — supported by The Swedish Film Institute and The Swedish Television. Folkets Bio distributed the film in schools and cinemas.
The film has also been shown as a film-scupture in collaboration with architects Haval Murad and David Martinez Escobar. The film-sculpture was first exhibited in central Stockholm in November 2018 before going on tour of public places in cities in Sweden.
(Also see, aplaceineurope.com)

Swimming With Men
  • Genre: Feature
  • Duration: 96 min
  • Director: Oliver Parker
  • Written by: Aschlin Ditta
  • Producer: Stewart Le Marechal, Anna Mohr-Pietsch
  • Executive producers: Dylan Williams, Erik Pauser
  • Production Companies: Met film Production,
    Dignity Film Finance, Shoebox Films, AMP film
  • Starring: Rob Brydon, Rubert Graves,
    Thomas Turgoose, Jim Carter, Charlotte Riley
  • Release: 2018
  • For full credits and Crew please look at IMDB.


This film is based on the documentary Men Who Swim produced by Dylan Williams and Erik Pauser for AMP film.
Faced with a full-blown mid-life crisis, accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) joins an all-male group of synchronised swimmers, discovering that making patterns in a pool can, for a couple of hours at least, smooth out the bumps in his work and marriage. Initially keeping their personal lives in the locker, the ramshackle squad and coach Susan (Charlotte Riley) slowly learn to reveal their inner lives, as well as their paunches. But can they get their lives and routines in sync as they embark on an unlikely journey to Milan to compete in the World Championship?

EXIT, leaving extermism behind
  • Director: Karen Winther
  • Producer: Eirin Gjørv / Sant Og usant
  • Co-production: AMP film AB
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 81 min
  • Release: 2018
  • With support from: NFI, Nordisk Film og TV fond,
    Viken film Centre, Fritt Ord Foundation,
    Creative Europe Media, Ship Ring Foundation.

in EXIT, we meet Angela from the US and Ingo and Manuel from Germany, all former right-wing extremists who made the leap to leave their movement. They are now forced to live isolated lives in hiding due to their dangerous pasts. In Denmark, we explore the other side of the spectrum when Søren shares the story of his life a former left-wing extremist. Director Karen Winther also meets Frenchman David, who was active in the Armed Islamic Group and who has served 6 years in prison for terrorist activities.
Reflecting on her very own extremist past and the stories of the people she meets along her travels, Winther walks us through how she arrived at her own „wake-up call” and the extraordinary journey that followed. We are invited to join her on a radical discovery and gain an insight into what is really takes for an person to break out of their life as they know it and leave their extreme movement behind.

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 86 min
  • Director: Peter Middleton and James Spinney
  • Producer: Mike Brett / Jo-Jo Ellison /
  • Steve Jamison / Alex Usborne
  • Co-production: Archer’s Mark / Agat Films & Cie /
    ARTE France / AMP film AB
  • In association with: Fee Fie Foe Films / 104 Films
  • Completion: Spring 2016
  • With support from: Creative England / the BFI /
    Impact Partners / ARTE France / BBC Storyville /
    Cinereach / BRITDOC / New York Times /


Notes on Blindness is a feature film and multi-platform interactive project based on the audio diaries of writer and academic John Hull, who – after decades of steady deterioration – became totally blind in 1983.

To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audio-cassette.

Over three years he recorded in excess of sixteen hours of material – a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, which excavates the interior world of blindness. Neurologist Oliver Sacks described John’s account as ‘the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece.’

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 78 min
  • Director and Producer: Erik Pauser / Dylan Williams
  • Editor: Emil Engerdahl / Dylan Williams and Simon Barker
  • Music: Scott Shields
  • Completion: August 2016
  • In co-production with: Boekamp & Kriegsheim /
    Red Rebel Films / Sant & Usant / Truth Department
  • With Support From: SVT/ SFI/ DR2/ DFI/ NRK/ NFTVF/ IKON/
  • Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union
  • ZDF-Arte/ Influence Film Foundation/ Fritt Ord/ BERTHA/
  • Britdoc Film Cymru Wales/ PMA World view/
  • Transparency International


In the Swedish documentary, The Borneo Case documentary filmmakers Erik Pauser and Dylan Williams spend five years
intimately following the trail of an unlikely group of activists whose aim is to investigate how profits from the illegal logging that has annihilated more than 90% of the Malaysian Borneo Rainforest have been money laundered into property portfolios all around the world. The group, made up of an exiled tribesman, a historian, an investigative journalist and a flamboyant DJ overcome death threats and intimidation in their efforts to unravel on what has been dubbed “the Greatest Environmental Crime in History” (ex British Prime Minister Gordon Brown). One of the weapons of the group is to start Radio Free Sarawak – a pirate radio station. Suddenly in a country were the government keeps a tight control of media, people get news and for the first time get information on what’s going on.
This film starts in Montreal where former activist Mutang Urud lives in exile. After enduring torture and imprisonment for his role in attempting to stop the illegal logging of his people’s lands, the Kelabit tribesman was forced to flee more than 20 years ago.

However when he hears a podcast from an illegal radio station – Radio Free Sarawak – of plans to build 12 New Hydropower Dams – one of which will completely drown the valley of his birth, He is compelled to travel home.

Simultaneously, from its secret location in London, the journalists of the Radio Station, Clare Rewcastle, and DJ Peter Jaban seek to investigate what has happened to the billions of dollars of profits from the illegal logging.

When Mutang witnesses the destruction on the ground he is drawn back into the fold and together with the efforts of Clare and Peter we follow them on an international money trail that sets them against the political elite of Malaysia.
As they seek to unravel the network of global money laundering at the heart of the logging industry members of the political elite who have benefitted from logging come into their sights and the story takes an unexpected turn as the fallout from their findings begins to have major consequences.
As a result of the investigation launched by the characters in the film over 600.000 people took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur in protest at high level corruption, whilst the Borneo State leader Abdul Taib Mahmud unexpectedly announced his resignation after 33 years in power.
After the completion of the film the ongoing investigation into corruption has continued and led the US Department of Justice to launch lawsuits to recover more than $1.3bn of stolen assets that had been funneled through the American financial system. In the press conference announcing the lawsuits US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, called it “the largest kleptocracy case” in US history.

Fair Finance Guide report launched 7 March 2017.

Seminar and screening at Stockholm School of Economics 10 March 2017.
More info on Misum

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 52 min
  • A film by: Matthew D’Arcy
  • Producer: Erik Pauser / Dylan Williams
  • Editor: Matt D´Arcy
  • Completion: 14 june 2016
  • With Support From: SVT, SFI, EU Creative Europe

STORYBOARD P – A stranger in Sweden

Swedish title “Streetdance-ikon mot alla odds”.

Storyboard P glides smoothly through the snow, carving shapes with his slender limbs. Though he has been sleeping rough in Stockholm for a while now, he is still flush with self-belief. “My vision takes it to an art level,” the Brooklyn native asserts. Will the talented dancer finally get his break? Director Matthew D’Arcy chronicles Storyboard’s early steps towards international stardom.

Dance Camera West, Los Angeles, 20th-23rd April 2017
Dance on Camera, Lincoln Ctr. New York 5th February 2017
Dance on Camera
Docpoint, Helsinki 26th, 28th and 29th January 2017.
Premiere 1 July 2016 SVT K-Special
Exclusive preview screening at Bio Rio 14 June 2016 19:30
New York Times

Palme hemliga agent
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 58 min
  • A film by: Bengt Nilsson / Dylan Williams / Erik Pauser
  • Producer: Erik Pauser / Dylan Williams
  • Editor: Matt D´Arcy
  • Completion: 1 October 2015
  • With Support From: SVT, SFI


Swedish title “Palmes hemliga agent”

At the height of the cold war a struggle broke out between Governments from all over the world as to which position to take about the system of apartheid in South Africa. Leading the fight was Olof Palmes’ Swedish Government, which covertly funneled over US$ 1 billion (corresponding to the present day rate) to the resistance movement. This money was given without the knowledge of either the Parliament or the Swedish populace. At the center of the net in South Africa was a Swedish diplomat called Birgitta Karlström Dorph.

Meanwhile at the UN the Swedes with their Scandinavian counterparts attempted to win the argument for economic sanctions. This led to bitter arguments which saw Palme leading the fight against the Reagen and Thatcher administrations.

Premiere 1 October SVT2

Maskinen poster
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 58 min
  • Director: Erik Pauser
  • Producer: Erik Pauser / Dylan Williams
  • Director of photography: Lars Tunbjörk
  • Completion: September 2013
  • With Support From: SVT and Swedish Film Institute


Swedish title “Maskinen”

A few years ago Johan Jönson wrote the acclaimed book ‘Efter arbetsschema’. A 800-page tomb of poetic confession, diary and contemporary reflection. Since then, he has written two poetry books, both of which were over 1000 pages each, and has been called one of Sweden’s most important working-class poets. Johan Jonson writes extremely frankly about himself as well about the people he meets. Jönson does not hold back from communicating thoughts of violence and self-loathing that pass through his brain. He has been described as having ‘a twisted and brutal sense of humor’.

Johan Jönson won Aftonbladet’s Literature Prize in 2008 and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2009. His subsequent book ‘Livsdikt'(2010) received considerable attention and was nominated for the prestigious August Prize. In January 2012, he published his latest book – the 1200 pages long ‘med.bort.in’.

SVT K-special 6 december 2013
Litteraturhuset Göteborg, 12 november 2013.
THE MACHINE premiered 27 september 2013 at Moderna Museet Stockholm

Smittad affisch
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 72 min
  • Director: Dylan Williams
  • Producer: Erik Pauser
  • Completion: October 2012
  • With Support From: SVT


Swedish title “Smittad — När HIV kom till Sverige”

As the HIV epidemic spread around the world in the early 1980′s panic broke out. In Sweden alone newspapers predicted that over a million people would die before the year 2000. HIV patients were often kept under lock and key as authorities struggled to know what to do and the public in general believed anything they heard. Using unique and often very telling archive material, this film will weave the compelling and emotive stories of people whose lives were changed forever by the ‘virus from hell’.

As we look into the not so distant past and observe the reflex actions of our society when under threat, this film asks what we have learnt from our experience and whether it will allow us to deal with the next crisis differently?

Svensk dokumentär från 2012. Sverige på 80-talet. Yuppien hade sett dagens ljus, vi bar axelvaddar och tränade aerobics. Gayrörelsen var på frammarsch och utelivet hade börjat blomstra. Men det mullrade i bakgrunden. Ett dittills okänt dödligt virus spreds bland homosexuella män och läkarvetenskapen stod handfallen. I dokumentären varvas unikt arkivmaterial med röster från de som var med under den första tiden när hiv kom till Sverige.

Premier SVT 1 October 29 at 9 pm.

Maneuvers affisch
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 58′
  • Director: Maria Ramström
  • Producer: Erik Pauser / Dylan Williams / Peter Wintonick
  • Completion: 2012
  • Co-Production: SVT, Necessary Illusions
  • With Support from: SVT, YLE, SFI, EU MEDIA,
    Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse


Maneuvers in the Dark is the story of how three young Swedish entrepreneurs manage to sneak through the backdoor of North Korea in an attempt to produce jeans in the country, and of the spiraling repercussions that follow as they begin to trade with the worlds most sealed dictatorship.
Directors statement:

“Trade as a means of creating democracy, sounds like a good idea. But is my purchase of a garment produced in a dictatorship ethically correct? Maybe. One thing is for sure, many more and substantially larger companies than those we meet in this film guarantee just that ­ ethical production in non-democratic countries. To look at the implications of this is the basis for this film about a production line in a closed dictatorship”.
Maria Ramström Stockholm January 2012

Vi som älskde Affisch
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 58’72
  • Director: Håkan Pieniowsky / Kåge Johnsson
  • Producer: Dylan Williams
  • Completion: 2012
  • Co-Production: Brandlkipparen
  • With Support from: SVT, NRK, YLE (FST), SFI, EU MEDIA
  • Film Festivals: GIFF, Tempo


Swedish title “Vi som älskade”

Once There Was Love is a powerful dark biopic of a one-time middle class Russian family whose life is slowly coming apart at the edges. Covering the 12 years since the birth of baby Nadja, this follow up to the Prix D’Italia winner ‘I Love you Natasja’ offers a dramatic and uniquely intimate portrait of an incredible modern day odyssey undertaken by a family in a small town in Russia.

Nominated for Best European TV Documentary – Prix Europa

Special mention – Prix D´Italia
Best SVT Documentary – SVT Ikaros Price
Best film – Vera Film Festival
Estonian People´s Award – Pärnu International Film Festival
Dragon award nominee – Göteborg Film Festival
Honorable mention – Tarkovsky Film Festival, Ivanovo
Best Documentary – Art Doc Fest, Moscow

Men Who Swim flyer
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 58′ / 72′
  • Director: Dylan Williams
  • Producer: Erik Pauser / Al Morrow
  • Completion: Autumn 2009
  • With Support From: BBC Storyville, SVT, VPRO,
    YLE (FST), Fox-Italia, Yes-TV


Swedish title “Män som simmar”

Men Who Swim is a humorous and poignant look at a group of middle aged men who have found unlikely success as members of Sweden’s all male synchronised swimming team. What began as a weekly escape from the daily grind of work and family responsibilities, soon evolved into a more serious commitment. Inspired by classical Esther Williams’ techniques from the 1950s, this group of train drivers and meat buyers, of archivists and teachers soon became passionate exponents of the sport. Now, the team has been unexpectedly invited to next years Male World Synchronised Swimming Championships in Milan, and between now and April 2009 they will need to prepare a winning 12 minute routine that will be marked on artistic and technical ability.

DVD now available.

Nominated for the Grierson Award ­ Most Entertaining Documentary
Audience prize – Supetar Film Festival, Croatia
Audience prize – AFI-Silverdocs, Washington
Best sound – Los Angeles International Film Festival
Best film – (3rd Place) at Los Angeles International Film Festival

Face of the enemy poster
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 58′ / 75′
  • Director: Erik Pauser
  • Producer: Erik Pauser / Dylan Williams
  • Completion: Spring 2009
  • With Support From: SVT, YLE, DR2, SFI,
    The Swedish Arts Grants Committee


Over five million Vietnamese died in what one side calls the American War and the other side calls the Vietnam War. A war so brutal, that it has been described as their ‘own’ Third World War by the Vietnamese. The core of this film is to investigate the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese who fought in that war. How did they sustain their morale in the face of such overwhelming odds? What did they believe in? How do they look at the war now? The film premiered in competition at IDFA 2009 . The Face of the Enemy and the adjoining installation were shown first as a soloshow at Norrköping art museum 2010 and in Gothenburg at Angered cultural house in the beginning of 2011.

DVD now available.

  • Genre: Arts
  • Duration: 52 min / 85 min
  • Director: Lars Siltberg
  • Producer: Erik Pauser
  • Completed: Autumn 2008
  • With Support From: SVT, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
  • Link: The Holocene Project


A film concert by author Majgull Axelsson, composer Jonas Bohlin and video artist Lars Siltberg. With Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, choir and solo singer. Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.



A selection of other films produced by AMP films sister company Brandklipparen or directed by Erik Pauser.

The Two Faces of Roman Martinez
  • Genre: Documentary/installation
  • Duration: 42 min
  • Director, Producer, Editor: Erik Pauser
  • Composer: Jean-Louis Huhta
  • Production company: Brandklipparen
  • Release: 2005
  • With Support From: SFI, Helge Ax:son Johnsson stiftelse,
    Längmanska kulturfonden, Konstnärsnämnden,
    EMS — Electroacoustic Music in Sweden


The film and the installation revolves around the experiences of three generations of American combat veterans suffering from PTSD that meets for therapy sessions. The main character is Roman Martinez, a Vietnam veteran I met for the first time in 1999 and interviewed. I was deeply touched by his story and at the same time quite troubled. He was severely affected by PTSD and seemed to have two different personalities. This was the start of a long series of visits and interviews during the following four years. Roman’s story relates how an altar boy and pacifist through psychological pressure and trauma becomes a ruthless combat soldier and killer. It also the story of his journey back.
The installation premiered on Göteborgs Konsthall and then went on tour.

For a PDF with a longer description: The Two Faces of Roman Martinez

Snow White and the Ambassador
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 55 min
  • Director and Producer: Erik Pauser and Thomas Nordanstad
  • Editor: Erik Pauser
  • Production company: Brandklipparen and Outside productions
  • Release: 2005
  • In co-production with: SVT


This is a film about the Israeli Ambassador to Sweden that in January 2004 attacked and tried to destroy an exhibition at the Historic Museum in Stockholm.

The event made world headlines in 350 newspapers and 100 TV and radio stations all over the world. The exhibition,”Making Differences” was a cultural manifestation in conjunction with the conference “How to prevent genocide” initiated by Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson and the Swedish government. This is the story of what really happened.

Many commentators state that never before has an individual piece of art caused such political turmoil. History was written when Ariel Sharon and the Israeli government openly supported the attack on the art installation made by the Israeli born Jew Dror Feiler and his wife Gunilla Sköld Feiler. A diplomatic crisis ensued when Israel threatened not to come to the genocide conference if the installation was not removed, and the story snowballed into international media attention. The film tells the story from the inside and features the people that where directly involved in the incident and the exhibition, the artist behind the work that was attacked as well as other artists, filmmakers, politicians and political commentators. The film features Ambassador Zwi Mazel, artists Dror Feiler and Gunilla Sköld Feiler, Israeli Prime minister Ariel Sharon, Swedish Prime minister Göran Persson, Swedish foreign minister Laila Freivalds, Koffi Annan, filmmakers Michel Khleifi and Eyal Sivan, artists, Amit Goren and Yoav Shamir and others.

”This is the second holocaust you are starting here!”
— Zvi Mazel, Israeli Ambassador to Sweden 16 of January 2004 at the Historic Museum in Stockholm

”If that is art, then what I did is diplomacy”
— Zvi Mazel

”An ambassador of a government who uproots trees, demolish houses, kills people…of course he can destroy an art piece…of course… He can burn a museum if he wants!”
— Eyal Sivan, Israeli filmmaker

For more info: Snow White and the Ambassador

To Rachel
Rachel Corrie (to the right) with her friends Jenny and Charlotte a few days before she was killed.

  • Genre: Documentary/web project
  • Duration: 20 min
  • Director and Producer: Erik Pauser and Cecilia Parsberg
  • Editor: Erik Pauser and Cecilia Parsberg
  • Production company: Brandklipparen, Equator
  • Release: 2003


In the end of 2002, I read a small notice in a Swedish newspaper. The news was that Israel was building a wall on the occupied Palestinian territory.

I went to Palestine together with Swedish artist, Cecilia Parsberg, who previously had been there, to find out more about that wall. We saw and experienced the wall and we spoke with people living on both sides of it. We met soldiers guarding it and peace activists opposing it both in Israel and Palestine, water experts, and a lot of other people. In Rafha, we stayed with a Palestinian family and a couple of young ISM activists. One of them, Rachel Corrie was during our visit killed by the Israeli defense force while she participated in a non-violent protest trying to protect a house that was being targeted for demolition.

The now 712 km wall in the West Bank is a combination of an eight-meter-high concrete wall and/or ditches, trenches, fences, razor wire, electronic fences and military roads. The International Court of Justice stated that the Wall built on West Bank land including East Jerusalem, is in violation of international law.

The result of the journey became the film and the extensive web project, ”The Wall”.

For more info about the film and the wall project: To Rachel

Chief Along Sega and Bruno Manser
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 80 min
  • Director: Jan Röed, Erik Pauser, Björn Cederberg
  • Producer: Erik Pauser, Jan Röed
  • Editor: Niels Pagh Anderse
  • Production company: Charon film
  • Release: 2001
  • With Support From: Produced in cooperation with TV4 Sweden,
    Swedish filminstitute, Bayerischer Rundfunk,
    NRK, YLE 2, SBS Australia and others.


Bruno Manser the main character of our film was in November 2000 reported missing in the jungle — most probably he had been murdered. We had parted with Bruno two months earlier after we finished filming.

This is a film about one of the last nomadic tribes on earth, the Penans who have lived in the same way for thousands of years, and a Swiss man, Bruno Manser who lived with them for six years. In the end of that stay he was hunted by 200 Malaysian commandos, with a bounty on his head of 100 000 Malaysian dollars, dead or alive. Bruno was known as the “wild man of Borneo”. For almost ten years after leaving Borneo, Bruno traveled the world, collecting money and staging spectacular actions, to raise the awareness of the plight of the Penans and to protect the rainforest. After ten years in the west with little success to raise the Penan and the rainforest issue Bruno decides to leave and return for good to the Penans. If nothing else he would face the end with his friends. On Borneo, Bruno is still a wanted man. His only chance of getting back in is through Indonesia illegally. This means a long journey by river followed by a three-week trek over the border through unexplored terrain, where his only chance of a meal is the wild game, he might be lucky enough to catch.

The film received first prize at the FICA film festival in Goiana, Brasil.

For more info about the film: Tong Tana — The Lost Paradise

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 78 min
  • Director/editor: Erik Pauser, Johan Söderberg
  • Producer: Lars Jönson
  • Music: Lucky People Center
  • Production company: Memfis film
  • In co-operation with: SVT, Swedish Filminstitute, Zentropa productions
  • With Support From: Nordic film and TV fund and others
  • Release: 1999


Filmed in fifteen countries. The world at the turn of the millennium. What do we believe in? Singing apes, Tibetan Lama Sogyal Rinpoche, the Vodou queen of Awa-May, Japanese noise music, Maori hakas, Annie Sprinkle, Zulu nation.

The film was widely distributed on cinema and TV and received The Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film festival 1999.

For more info: Lucky People Center International

Rodney layout
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Director/producer/editor: Johan Söderberg, Erik Pauser
  • Music: Lucky People Center
  • Production company: Brandklipparen
  • In co-operation with: Radium 226.05
    and Larry Nibble archives
  • Release: 1993


The collective Lucky People Center started as an underground illegal nightclub in the city of Gothenburg. It moved its base to Stockholm in the early 1990s, forming a multimedia and musical collective. Lucky People Center were sporadically on tour from 1994 to 1997 and were playing some major events around Europe during this time. The collective also produced the films; Information is Free, Electronic Pollution and Lucky People Center International.

The film was awarded first price as best experimental film at Nordiskt Panorama 1996.
The short film Rodney King that’s included in the collection was nominated for Deutcher videokunstpreis and MTVvideoawards.


For more films, see erikpauser.com