Passion is an intensely personal film about longing, healing and belonging where filmmaker Maja Borg illustrates their unique process of dealing with trauma in the wake of a destructive relationship. In seeking to reclaim intimacy and re-establish boundaries, Borg is drawn to queer BDSM practice, through which they’re able to explore their long-forgotten Christian heritage. Adopting rituals and play from both queer BDSM and Christian communities, Borg finds themselves able to acknowledge and accept their own longings, confronting their darkest parts in order to move forwards. The film tells the stories of queer BDSM practitioners in Berlin, Stockholm and Barcelona and portrays the humanity at the heart of the practise while illuminating its similarities with Christianity on an emotional and perhaps even spiritual level.
Presented by the artistic team
(Sweden, 1982) Maja studied at the Edinburgh Film School. Currently, their work moves between contemporary art and film. Their first feature film, Future My Love, premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and was distributed internationally. The film was broadcast on Swedish television and is part of the collection of the Malmö Museum of Modern Art. In 2014 their short film We the Others was presented in a live performance at Tate Britain, the ICA and the Dazed Digital Video Gallery. Their latest feature film, Passion, premiered at CPH:DOX.
Filmography: Passion (2021, D'A 2022), Shamana! (short, 2018), Man (short, 2016), We the Others (short, 2014), Future My Love (2012), Ottica Zero (short, 2007), Look at Lucia (2006)