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Leaps and Dunes

Summer sleepover camp means more than mosquito bites, sunburn, twig art, and bonfire gatherings. Camp offers many kids their first taste of independence -- which can be equal-parts blissful and terrifying.

2007 / Lisbeth Koerner / Rikke Houd / Sabine Hviid / Danish Radio, Denmark

Summer sleepover camp means more than mosquito bites, sunburn, twig art, and bonfire gatherings. Camp offers many kids their first taste of independence -- which can be equal-parts blissful and terrifying.

At one seaside camp in Denmark the days pass predictably: campers leap tirelessly from sand dunes and swim too far out into the ocean while the girls sneak cigarettes and the boys sneak from cabin to cabin playing tricks on each other (and the girls). Throughout the session, 10-year-old Johannes observes all of these antics, commenting poetically on his fellow campers as they prepare to leap even further -- into the adult world.

Leaps and Dunes, which produced in 2000 and received a special commendation in the 2001 Prix Italia, was edited by Erling Kristensen.

Note! This radio feature is in Danish, but don't let that stop you. Click to download a transcript and follow along. Or you can watch with subtitles on the wonderful website Radio Atlas.


produced by

Rikke Houd

Rikke Houd is a Danish independent working in the field of crafted audio storytelling and documentary art.

Sabine Hviid

Sabine Hviid lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, and learned all about radio in the Danish Radio Montage department. Since 2000 Hviid has produced a number of features for DR Montage and DR Ultralyd (Ultrasound) but has also produced work outside Denmark, including for BBC Radio 4 and WNYC's The Next Big Thing. In 2005 Hviid graduated as a Screen Designer from The National Film and Television School (UK) and has since worked in both fiction and documentary; she regularly brings the sense of cinema to her radio productions.


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