The first 'svajer' race in Copenhagen for almost 50 years.
'Svajere' were the bike messengers that ruled the streets of Copenhagen for decades in the first half of the 20th century, riding their huge box bikes and livening up the streets with singing, whistling and banter.
This year, the Svajer race was revived - aka The Danish Cargo Bike Championships.
It was a fantastic day out. My son [aged 7] shot the shaky video and I supplied the stills. The first song is a 1930's tribute to these 'svajere' - asphalt cowboys, they were called - and the second song is from the 1970's where Povl Kjeller sings about how happy he is about his bike.
“If people say it’s impossible we have to prove them wrong.”
Design students Anna and Terese took on a giant challenge as an exam project. Something no one had done before. If they could swing it, it would for sure be revolutionary. The bicycle is a tool to change the world. If we use bikes AND travel safe: Life will be better for all.
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Produced by WG Film with the support of
The Swedish Film Institute - Film commissioner Andra Lasmanis.
DIRECTOR: Fredrik Gertten
PRODUCER: Margarete Jangård and Elin Kamlert
ASSISTANT PRODUCER: Lina Bertilsson
CAST: Anna Haupt, Terese Alstin
CAMERA: Marek Wieser
SOUND RECORDIST:Emma Svensson
BOOM OPERATOR: Emma Thorsander
EDITOR: Klaus De León Heinecke
COMPOSER: Chris Maxwell & Philip Hernandez a.k.a Elegant Too
COLORIST: Jörgen Persson
SOUND DESIGN: Tobias Lilja
SUBTITLES: Ingrid Eng
POST PRODUCTION:Emma Svensson
CMP – Copenhagen Malmö Port
This is a video showing Copenhagens unique bicycle culture as it looks in the beginning of the early 21st century.
A monumental motion of everyday people transporting themselves from A to B by pure pedal power.
-Each day 37% of everybody in Copenhagen arrives at work or education by bicycle.
-25% of all families with two kids in the city own a cargo bike.
-And the 519,000 inner city copenhageners own 560,000 bicycles!
This video highlights who Copenhageners are and what they do. I shot it over a period of four months.