There is a Border in My Backyard

Jens Loftager, Denmark, 2021

76 min.DK/Documentary

Borders are often both tragic and comical - at the same time. And the border as a phenomenon has a huge impact on how we describe and understand Europe right now. We meet a group of people who live on the border between Germany and Denmark – a border which has been invisible since the Schengen agreement. They recently woke up to a strange sight: On the border where people from both sides have considered themselves belonging to the same family, a politically inflamed wild boar fence was raised, like a mythical wall against the Europe of dreams. And when the fence against the plague was finished, the corona virus, which no fence can keep out, arrived.
Basic information Credits
Original title Os på grænsen
Danish title Os på grænsen
Keywords Denmark, Germany, Boundaries, Boarders, Referendums, Reunion, The, 1920-1929, Fences, Wild boars, Pandemics, 2020-2030
Director Jens Loftager
Producer Mille Haynes
Editor Jacob Thuesen
Sound Henrik Gugge Garnov
Appearance Thorsten Westphal, Ruth Larsen, Henrik Gotborg Hansen, Kristian Hansen
Production country Denmark
International sales First Hand Films World Sales
Online release 24.11.2022, Filmcentralen
Comment Jens Loftager has directed a number of shorts, documentaries and television series.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company
Executive Producer Meta Film Doc
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Den Vestdanske Filmpulje
In collaboration with TV2


Direction Jens Loftager
Research Niels Rohleder


Producer Mille Haynes
Executive producer Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen
Executive producer Mille Haynes
Production Jacob Meier
Production Josephine Remo Finderup
Production Amalie Hvidt
Research Niels Rohleder
Production Cecilie Christoffersen
Producer's assistant Josephine Remo Finderup
Producer's assistant Simon Noam Karlin
Producer's assistant Cecilie Strandmose Khaloir
Producer's assistant Marcus Alvarado Eklund
Producer's assistant Mette Foli Dam Ditlevsen


Director of photography Talib Rasmussen
First assistant camera Kasper Bundvad
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Thorsten Westphal
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Ruth Larsen
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Maylis Roßberg
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Henrik Ørslev


Editor Jacob Thuesen
Online Jakob Schaumburg
Pilot editor Steen Johannessen


Music Ida Bach Jensen
Music Jørgen Lauritsen
Music Josefine Cronholm


Sound designer Henrik Gugge Garnov
Foley artist Camilla Angelbo Hansen

Visual effects

Colourist Rune Felix Holm
Graphic design Jakob Bønsdorff Eriksen
Graphic design Astrid Brix Torø Kisbye


Appearance Thorsten Westphal
Appearance Ruth Larsen
Appearance Henrik Gotborg Hansen
Appearance Kristian Hansen
Appearance Kitty Hansen
Appearance Maylis Roßberg
Appearance Jakob Jørgensen
Appearance Rolf Warnker
Appearance Thomas Sporn
Appearance Michael Roikjer

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