Hjelm is an internationally recognized visual artist and documentary filmmaker. With a 20-year long personal attachment to Detroit, beginning with studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, he has done several aesthetically adn technically advanced video installations inspired by the city’s political history.  Black Nation (2008) was his first feature documentary film about a Black nationalistic church in Detroit, USA, known as the Shrine of the Black Madonna, which premiered at the International Dubai Film Festival in 2008. Since 1993, he has had film installation and shows in Europe, the US, Russia, Canada and Japan. His work can be seen at www.matshjelm.se


Producer, Herrlander Pictures

Herrlander is the principal and founder of Stockholm based Herrlander Pictures. Launched in 1995, the company has produced a dozen documentary films shot all over the world, mostly in developing countries. The films have been produced for European TV broadcasters, as well as organizations such as the Workers’ Educational Association, UNICEF, UNFPA, Save the Children. The company is a regular contributor to the Swedish Public Broadcast Network. This is the second feature documentary production with Mats Hjelm as director after Black Nation (2008).