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In THE RECOVERY CHANNEL, director Ellen Ugelstad takes us into a fictional news channel that delves into mental health, human rights, and coercion.

With this as a starting point, the film sheds light on the challenges related to modern psychiatric treatment and what it means to be deprived of one's freedom. Additionally, we follow the editorial meetings of the TV channel and Randi's life off-air, who loses contact with her mentally ill sister, Ylva. The Recovery Channel is both a personal and political project. The film is based on filmmaker Ellen Ugelstad's own experiences as a caregiver for over 25 years.

The Recovery Channel
was presented as a work-in-progress at the Oslo Pix Film Festival in 2022 and will have its world premiere at this year's festival.

Director Ellen Ugelstad stands out in her filmmaking with her personal connection to the subject matter. Through her previous films, including Indian Summer, where she followed her brother with a camera for seven years, and in the film essay Making Sense Together, Ugelstad has established herself as a skilled filmmaker who dares to explore complex themes in new formats and genres.


Ellen Ugelstad is a Norwegian filmmaker and producer who works with fiction films, documentaries and film essays. Her films have been shown at a number of film festivals and art arenas over the years. The film Indian Summer – Du skal ha gode nerver to be indianer (2011) was shown at DOK Leipzig and CPH:DOX and the Autumn Exhibition and the film Making Sense Together was shown at the Oslo Pix Film Festival in 2018. She is also the winner of two Golden Chairs for the films The Green Valley and The Wonders Beneath the Sea.

This film is part of

Nordic Documentary

Original title The Recovery Channel

Country Norway

Year 2023

Director Ellen Ugelstad

Screenplay Einar Sverdrup, Ellen Ugelstad

Cinematography Kristoffer Archetti Stølen

Producer Tonje Alice Madsen, Ellen Ugelstad

Cast Ravdeep Singh Bajwa, Turid Rivertz Vatne, Valentina Alexeeva

Production Company Twentyone Pictures

Distribution Filmbyrået Jack

Runtime 1h 43m

Language Norwegian, English

Subtitles English

Genre Documentary, Drama

Format DCP

Age limit 9

Links IMDb

This film is in competition for the Audience Award.

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