Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Lönneberga, Karlsson-on-the-Roof. Astrid Lindgren’s books have sold 150 million copies and she is one of the world’s ten most read authors. But who was she, and where did her stories come from? Through unique archive materials this film brings her to life for a new generation.
Astrid Lindgren was born in 1907 and grew up in a small town in rural Sweden, in a strongly religious environment. Throughout her life she bears traces of a secret which she turns into stories about strong girls and lonely boys.
She became Astrid to a whole nation. She became an icon to a whole world. A female pioneer. One who gave solace. She influenced politics and the public debate. Taught us respect for the children and was an activist against war, racism and nuclear power.
When she died in 2002, the traffic stopped outside her home, and mourners left a mountain of flowers. She was needed, in Sweden and around the world. But what was it that made her stories talk to people, across all cultural boundaries?
This documentary series contains hitherto unknown footage, letters and photos. It is also available as a feature documentary, 90 minutes long.
The series was a tremendous success when aired in Sweden during Christmas 2014, with an average share of 34.5% of all viewing.