How to Civilize a Waterfall

Hanna Ljungh

Short film

Hanna Ljungh confronts the untameable force of nature head on in her film. Inspired by the powerful eloquence of hard rock music, Ljungh tries to persuade a waterfall to turn into a hydroelectric power plant, revealing humanity’s comical and paradoxical relationship with nature. Since we can’t communicate with nature, says Ljungh, it quickly becomes a strange and alienated Other, with an ever-changing identity that can’t be contained.


Hanna Ljungh


Filmform – The Art Film & Video Archive

Portrait of Hanna Ljungh

Hanna Ljungh

Hanna Ljungh was born in Washington D.C. and is based in Stockholm. She works with video, photography and installation. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and holds an MFA from the Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Her work reflects upon and questions the fine line between what we call human and non-human forms of existence and the complex relations between them. Her films have been exhibited worldwide and screened at international film festivals.

Films by Hanna Ljungh (Selection)

How to Civilize a Waterfall 2010 | Nature Study I: Assimilation 2008 | Retaliation 2007 | Pull 2007