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The Refuge: Year One

The Refuge: Year One - January 2018 marked the beginning of a new kind of music project from artist known as The Anté Dote. Anté is previously known from the hardcore band Djevara back in the day in London. The Refuge on the other hand is Berlin based electronic music project mixing techno and hardcore, a style Anté has also described as Heart Core. The project was initially inspired by and in exploration of manic depression (bipolar disorder). Early 2018 was also the time I got interested in The Refuge and went to see the very first live show at Mensch Meier squat here in Berlin. Already in the first show the staple of The Refuge live show could be seen, a triangle formed by Anté and two other performers locking the listeners inside. Show was such a powerful experience for me that I immediately contacted Anté and we started making plans for me following The Refuge closely for the first year of the projects existence. And now here we are a year later and my filming with The Refuge is done and post production will soon start.  For The Refuge the first year included performances in clubs, squats and festivals in Germany and neighboring countries as well as guerilla gigs around Berlin and lots of training and recording at Ante’s studio. I tried to catch all of this on film as well as Ante’s thoughts and feelings along the way whether we were filming in abandoned buildings or parks around Berlin. 



Producers: Janne Vuorela & Karo Riikola

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