Affected by the powerful images in the pamphlet “Om kriget kommer” (“If the war comes”), farmhand Karl-Göran Persson begins fortifying his house. Through years of harvesting scrap-metal, he transforms the house into a fortress, meant to protect him and his neighbors when the enemy attacks. Despite the lack of understanding and sympathy from his neighbors and people from the surrounding villages, he continues building, without pause until his death. The difference between his own sense of impending doom and the perceptions of the people around him gradually blur as the film progresses.
Impaled Rektum, the most brutal heavy metal band in the world, is in a Norwegian prison for causing a border conflict between Finland and Norway. In order to save the slaughterhouse of their guitarist’s parents, the guys escape the prison and start a journey to perform at Wacken, the biggest and the most beautiful metal festival in Germany.
Árru is a Sami joik musical about Maia, a reindeer herder who joins the fight against the destruction of the reindeer grazing area. As the fight escalates, Maia is confronted with the reality that their leader is an abuser. She faces a difficult choice: stay quiet and save her family heritage, or speak up and stop the abuse in the community?
Sergei and Natalia are political asylum-seekers who fled Russia for Sweden with their two daughters, Katja and Alina, hoping for a new life. Those hopes are crushed when their application is rejected. Their daughter Katja, traumatized by this episode, collapses and falls into a coma: a condition known as Resignation Syndrome or Apathy. Their parents will try everything to create an atmosphere of safety, stability and hope that their daughters need to feel in order to wake up.
All around us, there lives a group of “invisibles,” people who are only perceivable via a camera. We meet two of them: Tuomas is a single parent to his daughter who is the only person in the world seeing him normally. Ninni is a young woman in an emerging online relationship, meeting her crush for the first time “in real life.”
In combination with these parallel stories, the film uses street footage and testimonies from other “invisibles” to reflect on questions of loneliness, visibility and perception. Our world is exposed as one where the prosaic and the poetic, the factual and the imaginary, live together.