Each year, more than one thousand people from all over the world converge on the Swedish alternative community of Angsbacka, for a festival celebrating personal, spiritual and sustainable development. Through workshops and events like firewalking and sweat lodges the ‘No Mind’ festival offers inspiration and greater self awareness, knowledge and presence. Volunteers are key to creating the conviviality that creates an aesthetics of community, much valued by participants and volunteers alike. Inspired by the ‘shared anthropology’ of Jean Rouch, this film captures the experience of six volunteers and what they value most about the ‘No Mind’ festival.
The film is the result of a long term collaboration between the filmmaker, Mike Poltorak, and the community of Angsbacka. The film was originally focussed on a smoothie bar at the festival 'The J Spot' and intended to be a film very much for the people in it and at the No Mind festival in 2011. After feedback screenings at Angsbacka and with most of the protagonists I then worked with an editor, John Murphy, to rework the film for a wider audience. 'One Week West of Molkom' is the result and is a response to the documentary 'Three Miles North of Molkom' that inspires many people to come to Angsbacka. By contrast it focuses on the volunteer, rather than participant experience, and features two of the same individuals in Three Miles North of Molkom
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