documentary | the dream about the mill

a film about the millers andreas and bengt at limabacka kvarn

Inspired by the heartwarming story of Andreas and Bengt, I embarked on a personal documentary project that resulted in "The Dream of the Mill" - with support from Culture in Halland, Varberg Municipality, and Stråvalla Local Heritage Association.

The soundtrack to the documentary was created by guitar maestro Richard Olausson.

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Andreas talks about "The Miller's Curse" and how in his childhood he promised himself to never become a miller. A promise that was eventually doomed to be broken.

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Bengt is 16 years old and tired of school. He falls in love with the old milling craftsmanship - and follows his heart out into the wide world. It is the 1970s, and the times are a-changing.

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Bengt was born into the milling profession and reflects on the old times; on millers who carried 100 kg sacks of grain on their backs up the mill's narrow stairs.

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Days of blood, sweat, and tears; back-breaking late nights at the mill, with heavy sacks of flour yet to be carried and grains yet to be ground.

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Andreas remembers growing up in the suburb of Biskopsgården in Gothenburg, and the strong desire for something authentic and genuine.

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Bengt walked a varied but sincere path through life. On his way back to his first love - the old milling craft.

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Sweden was a poor country when their forefather Anders built a windmill on Öland in the mid-19th century, thus shaping the family's destiny in flour. It seemed to be written in the stars: that even Andreas would fall for "the miller's curse."