Kirsten Basma was born in Norway in Kirkines.
We set a time to meet, and it was one of the strongest stories I heard in a long while, and interesting to shoot.
”We were afraid to get us bombed, afraid for future. Family and friends probably mean more than we can imagine.
People get more dependent on each other. The food has to be shared, clothes have to be shared, and humor gets shared to keep the spirits up. Humors and news from the war is shared.
Mother and father, sister and grandparents become almost central persons.
The family decided to escape to Russia with father’s brother’s family by boat. The trip took 26 hours on the sea with a storm raging, 2 families with 7 small children. The children and the women lived in Mochegorsk, in a barrack for 3 years. The fathers were with the Russian partisans fighting against the Germans.
Apples were painted on the ceiling of the room where the children slept, and was kept in their imagination and helped to forget the hunger.
Sweden is a protected land to live in compared to many other countries in the world, and we need to be reminded how it is to live in a war.
Kirsten tells about the strong feelings she had when she got told she was going to be sent to Sweden from Kirkenes with another 300 childrens after the war had ended.
Back in Norway, Kirsten and the other Norwegian children that had been to Sweden was called ”Svensk-Ongan”. I got surprised of Kirsten’s talents: she managed to capture the whole story in one beautiful painting.
Kirsten so wanted to tell her story, but never did…until 1995, when she with Svea Andersson was the founder of a theater ”Svensk-Ongan”, that was set up in Norway and Sweden.
Original Title: Apples on the wall
Director – Tamara Sushko
Producer – Tamara Sushko
Co-producers – Filmpool Nord
Production Company – Webbon HB
Date of production: May 2015
Country of production: Sweden/
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Music: Anders Rydberg
Editing: Marsel Lebedev
Running time: 60 mins
Original language: Swedish
Original shooting format: HD
Colour/ B&W: Colour
Screening format: Quicktime,