RADIO ATLAS: Risk
20:30 Wed 17 Jan 2018
“A little girl is playing with her shadow. It follows her, doing everything she does. The girl is fascinated - she is totally in control, deciding exactly what the next step will be. But suddenly, something happens. As she turns a corner, she runs right into a bigger shadow and no matter where she turns, how she runs or waves, her little follower has disappeared, swallowed up by a bigger darkness. The girl stands still for a while, not understanding…
Radio Atlas presents an international premiere of In The Shadow of the Phantom in translation - the legendary Swedish radio-maker Susanne Björkman’s Prix Italia-winning documentary, telling the story of 25-year-old Aziza, a woman who works in a Stockholm metro station close to a local group of skinhead’s stomping ground. Her mother is German, her father is Tunisian and Aziza herself was brought up in Sweden, but people have let her know in no uncertain terms that she does not fit in.
In the Shadow of the Phantom is paired with a short documentary from one of Susanne Björkman’s first radio assignments. A serendipitous recording of a lonely man in a ‘Beer Cafe’ in Malmö. As Susanne approached his table, he began a spontaneous monologue about his loneliness, which lasts the length of the song playing on the jukebox in the background.
Susanne Björkman was born in 1946, beginning her radio career at the Swedish Radio Company in 1971 and working exclusively in documentary form from 1976. She’s a garlanded feature-maker winning awards such as the Prix Italia, the Jörgen Ericsson Award and the Ikaros. In 1990 she became Sweden’s first professor in radio production at the Drama Institute in Stockholm. Susanne’s programmes are often portraits of people she has spent extensive time with, recording what happens in their lives. What is recorded is both an external and an internal process. The conflicts or themes that crystallise during the recording are often quite separate from the genesis of the documentary.
Radio Atlas is an award-winning platform for subtitled audio from around the world – a place to hear inventive documentaries and works of sound art that have been made in languages you don’t necessarily speak.
Susanne Björkman 6 mins (SE, 2017)
Susanne Björkman 52 mins (SE, 2017)