In the small city of Gävle in northern Sweden, there is an annual fight between local custodians and mischievous pagans for the spirit of Christmas.
Each year since 1966, local business owners have paid for a 40ft (13 metre) effigy of a goat to be made of straw and displayed in the city's central square from the first day of Advent. In 37 of those years, the goat has been burned down or damaged by shadowy outsiders, sometimes within a few hours of going up. In this film, residents from both sides of the goat conflict explain their hopes and motivations as Advent ticks down to Christmas
Director and producer: Joe Fletcher
Director of photography and editor: Bernat Mestres
Soundtrack by GOAT
Executive producers for the Guardian: Charlie Phillips and Lindsay Poulton
Commissioned by the Guardian and Docsville