Blank Maps: A Voice from Utopia

“We have life in our imaginations…”

Exploring three alternative visions, ‘A Voice from Utopia’ attempts to deconstruct the concept of the nation state. From virtual communities like Bitnation to micronations like Liberland.

It comes from Blank Maps – an Arabic podcast that seeks to address the problem of statelessness in the Arab world. By doing that, the show tries to understand concepts of belonging and citizenship at a time where immigration and refuge are most relevant.

Tala Elissa is a writer and podcast producer from Jordan. Her work can be found at

Blank Maps was produced for the podcast network Sowt. You can learn more about Sowt here.

The Woman on the Ice

“In 1932 a young, Danish woman went as the first Danish nurse to the sparsely populated Greenlandic east coast. She trained as a nurse with the sole purpose of going to Greenland, but she didn’t get to live there for a year. One night she went out into the frozen landscape. She walked out on towards the sea, to the edge of the ice. Here the story ends with her footprints…”

Deep beneath the Greenlandic ice, lies a hidden history. The Danish feature-maker Rikke Houd travels in the footsteps of Karen Roos, who disappeared on the ice outside the small East Greenlandic town of Tasiilaq in 1933.

Winner of the 2015 In The Dark award for audio documentary presented at Sheffield Doc/fest. Produced with support from the Danish Arts Council.