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You Have to Believe
Debora Elgeholm

Every year the Pentecostal Movement hosts a major camp meeting conference in Husbolinden, a village in the north of Sweden. You Have to Believe revolves around these camp meetings. The point of departure is the connection between prayer and the placebo effect. The documentary feature of the film changes into a more personal storytelling where my family’s relation to the place is brought out as well as my own relation, or capacity, to pray for others. The repetition of an event, in the past and the present time, shows us that the camp meeting is a timeless zone to some extent – new children grow up within the movement but the same miracles and healings take place.

You Have to Believe is a personal documentary where memory is investigated – the memory of a place and a way of looking at reality. 

English title Man måste kunna tro
Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:15:00
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 2011
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About the artist

Debora Elgeholm

Debora Elgeholm (1976, Sweden) received her MA from School of Photography and Film in Gothenburg, followed by further studies at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.

In her documentary and essayistic films Debora Elgeholm often investigate the connection between different societies and different religious persuasions, as well as relationship between individuals and social, political, and religious groups. The films are often based on quotes and interviews, where the personal story is connected to wider contexts, but Elgeholm also examines the lingering memories of places, times, and events.
Through using archive material as photos, books, films and music Elgeholm put together works that becomes a documentation over tendencies i society, as the fear for invasion from the east during the Cold War, or the heritage of colonialism in missionary work. Debora Elgeholm, b 1976, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums as Bonniers konsthall, and at festivals such as Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and IFFR Rotterdam. During the winter 2018/19 she has had a studio residency at Iaspis in Stockholm.