To reach the universal through the personal. Advanced workshop for female directors with a project. Stories by women are often said to be too personal or not universal enough. Johanna says the opposite. By emphasizing the personal in your storytelling you create films to which most people can relate. By including your own voice as a filmmaker, whether directly or indirectly, your unique perspective gives the viewer a stronger contact with the subject. This way a personal story can become universal and reach a larger audience. The personal is not the opposite of the political.
This workshop includes feedback on and development of your own documentary project, practical exercises to find your personal voice (using own equipment), watching and discussing films and network building.
The importance of increasing the number of women storytellers and female main characters can’t be underestimated. By excluding the female side of the (hi)story you just address half of the population and you leave the other half unheard.
Bring your own camera or smartphone and your computer with an editing program.
JOHANNA BERNHARDSON is a director and producer of documentary and experimental films. She has a Master in Fine Arts in Set Design from HDK – School of Design and Crafts, and a Master in Film from the Gothenburg University.
Johanna Bernhardson was born in 1974 and grew up in Hisingen, Gothenburg. She started in film working with the set design for Roy Andersson’s Songs from the Second Floor 1996-2000. She started making documentary shorts in 2003 and is currently working on several films and TV series.
Johanna Bernhardson’s films take place close to herself and her family. Although the films are very personal, yet they touch upon universal themes. Her films have been screened at Swedish TV and at national and international film festivals. She is specialized in the short documentary format and in essay films. Johanna is currently teaching at art and film schools in Gothenburg. She is the initiator of the workshop ”A Part of Myself” held at women’s prisons in Sweden and is one of two founders of ”Documentary Storytelling with a Personal Voice” held in Tbilisi since 2015.