FILM: Where Can We Live?

by Kim Goldberg – April 19, 2014

Where Can We Live?

Length: 42 minutes

Year: 2011

Language: Swedish with English subtitles

Producer/Director: Hélène Aastrup-Samuels

Company: Eira Film

Contact: eirafilm@tyfonmail.se

Watch the 7-minute trailer here:

Where Can We Live is a 2011 documentary film by director Hélène Aastrup-Samuels tracing the lives of two unrelated Swedish women and their young families as each woman, in her own way, struggles to find peace and safety from the toxicity of wireless radiation. Lisa and Linn are electrosensitive, and each has been forced to abandon the life she knew (including job, home, education, and city) in order to escape the nearly ubiquitous presence of wireless devices.

The director and her crew followed each woman for three years to produce a film that reveals both the logistical and psychological price paid by those suffering from this growing environmental illness. The final result is a narrative work that switches back and forth between the two unfolding sagas throughout the course of the 42-minute film.

The film opens with Lisa and her young children at their small off-grid cottage in the Swedish countryside. For many of us, this would be an idyllic existence. But when one is required to live this way—far from the amenities of the city, and with no electricity—it can also be confining. For Lisa, it meant the end of her academic studies and her ability to have a paying job, relying instead on her husband to support them all.

Within minutes, the film cuts away to Linn’s story, which begins in Stockholm where she is a computer engineer. By the end of the film, after several moves and job changes, Linn is also ensconced in a country home with minimal exposure to electromagnetic radiation. She is still a computer engineer, but she is now enclosed in a specially designed workplace with much shielding.

Lisa found peace from electro-pollution by moving to an off-grid cottage in the Swedish countryside with her family. (Photo courtesy of Eira Film)

Lisa found peace from electro-pollution by moving to an off-grid cottage in the Swedish countryside with her family. (Photo courtesy of Eira Film)

The director’s cinéma vérité style of filmmaking, in which the camera follows each woman in her daily activities and lets each woman speak directly to the camera about the impact of electrosensitivity of her life, ends up supplying us with a startlingly frank portrait of the full scope of electrosensitivity. (And, although this may not have been the director’s intention, the film is also an excellent travelogue for life in the Swedish countryside. I was ready to pack my bags by the end of the film.)

A highlight of the film is the “house call” from Swedish electrosensitivity physician Dr. Ulrika Åberg, who has seen more than 700 electrosensitive patients over 15 years of treating this problem. Recognizing that electrosensitive people are often unable to travel or return to a city, she goes to them when necessary. We meet her when she arrives by bus to visit Lisa in the countryside.

Dr. Åberg describes Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity as “a barrel overflowing”. On the bottom, she says, “we have metal fillings and other toxins from pesticides and other things.” Add to that, the ever-increasing radiation in our daily lives, plus the emotional and psychological and financial stress that results when a person can no longer function as before, and it is a recipe for total health collapse.

To order a copy of the film, email: eirafilm@tyfonmail.se

Article © Kim Goldberg, 2014

5 thoughts on “FILM: Where Can We Live?

  1. jinglepots

    This is such a tragedy. Exiles is the only word to describe what has happened to us. However, those who can create a safe haven for themselves and somehow afford to live are fortunate. Hopefully there will more solutions forthcoming:)

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  2. Paul Vonharnish

    Thanks for posting this Kim. I can identify. The more important questions are: Where can all the other life forms live? Why are we doing this to our selves? This is just one life form in jeopardy >

    Excerpted from: Adverse Influence of Radio Frequency Background on Trembling Aspen Seedlings: Preliminary Observations

    Katie Haggerty
    P.O. Box 553, Lyons, CO 80540, USA
    Correspondence should be addressed to Katie Haggerty, katiemh108@yahoo.com

    Received 21 June 2009; Revised 31 October 2009; Accepted 17 February 2010

    [“Numerous incidents of aspen decline have been recorded in North America over the past half century, and incidents of very rapid mortality of aspen clones have been observed in Colorado since 2004. The radio frequency (RF) environment of the earth has undergone major changes in the past two centuries due to the development and use of electricity in power and communications applications, and the anthropogenic RF background continues to increase in intensity and complexity. This study suggests that the RF background may have strong adverse effects on growth rate and fall anthocyanin production in aspen, and may be an underlying factor in aspen decline.”]

    4. Conclusions

    [“The results of this preliminary experiment indicate that the RF background may be adversely affecting leaf and shoot growth and inhibiting fall production of anthocyanins associated with leaf senescence in trembling aspen seedlings. These effects suggest that exposure to the RF background may be an underlying factor in the recent rapid decline of aspen populations. Further studies are underway to test this hypothesis in a more rigorous way.”]

    Complete text:

    http://www.magdahavas.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/AspenStudy.pdf

    Why are we doing this to one another?

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    1. Kim Goldberg Post author

      Very true Paul. The further I go in researching my book and receiving stories of electrosensitive people and their solutions (for those who have found a solution), I see that the issue is so complex. It is at once both personal/individual AND political/societal. And the crisis is genuine at both levels. Addressing the immediate personal crisis of course does not negate the larger political crisis. But it is true that personal healing and safety for individuals is only part of the equation.

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  3. Paul Vonharnish

    One of the most disturbing elements I continue to see regarding personal EHS stories, is the lack of compassion outside of the personal dilemma. As if the whole story revolves around some personal discomfort. I risk my life every day of the week by spending countless hours on the international web – just trying to get people out of their personal boxes, and into the reality of our larger social consequence. The implications of intentional electromagnetic induced illness are staggering…

    There exists a me, me, me, sort of personality disorder that trumps the greater dialog. How and why has mankind chosen to sabotage it’s home planet? Our socioeconomic paradigm is ultimately terminal. I don’t understand how this selfish and self-centered attitude can possibly lead to an enlightened and wholesome future… It’s beyond sad… It’s pathological…

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  4. Debbie

    This is interesting… Two professional electric engineers working with a corporation in an independent firm of information technology and networks solution consultants, the Reardons, have spent their time, efforts and resources to create a safe-haven for themselves on a remote island off-grid.

    Westworld: BCAA’s quarterly Member magazine – Summer 2016
    https://www.bcaa.com/campaigns/ww/westworld
    See article “Savary Island Beach House” on pages 23-26
    (Note answer to the first question on page 24.)

    Savary Island: Sunshine Coast, B.C. Canada
    With the warmest water north of Mexico (thanks to the warm southern tide) and ring of gleaming white sand beaches Savary Island is a little piece of paradise. If you are seeking a real getaway in a sub-tropical setting Savary Island is a perfect destination for you.
    Savary Island is one of the most beautiful islands in the Straight of Georgia. It is located at the entrance to Desolation Sound and is accessible by float plane, boat, barge or water taxi from Lund. Savary Island is 7.5 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide at the widest point. Savary is known for its white sand beaches, beautiful swimming waters and stunning ocean and mountain views.
    The island has no power…
    http://www.sunshinecoastcanada.com/hidden-gems/savary-island

    Karl and Susanna Reardon work with Planetworks: Telecom & network planners, wireless engineers, information systems consultants. Fiercely independent, socially responsible, planetworking world wide since 1998
    http://www.planetworks.ca/people/

    Articles on Planetworks website, two by Susanna Reardon… http://www.planetworks.ca/articlesandbrochures/

    Article, “Telecommunications Invasion” by Karl Reardon… http://medbc.ca/pdf/MED%20Spring%20Seminar%20-%20Apr%2020%202012%20-%20Telecom%20Invasion%20Reduced.pdf

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