Five women, all involved with music, brought together through their love for Dolly Parton. All of them have dreams for the future, but painful baggage from the past. During a series of tribute concerts, a warm friendship develops between them that leads to an intimate exploration of their life stories. We meet Gudrun, the headstrong firebrand who has carved out a career for herself as a music producer, but neglected her family in the process; Nina, the demure international star who was blown along by the force of her career and who almost lost her soul on the way; and Cecilia, who suddenly abandoned her career with rock outfit Souls, hid away from the world and slowly started to brood on a dream of a place of her own. There’s Lotta, a singer who dared to defy the expectations of others to find unconventional ways to achieve her heart’s desire; and Helen, the dreamer struggling with a habit of self-deprecation who has tired of yearning and is trying instead to create her own islands of beauty in her life.
I am my own Dolly Parton is a deeply personal documentary directed by Jessica Nettelbladt, who spent a long time following music producer Gudrun Hauksdottir and singer Nina Persson, Cecilia Nordlund, Lotta Wenglén and Helena Josefsson – five colourful women inspired by Dolly Parton’s strength to go her own way and defy the pressure to conform. Five women, ready to take on whatever challenges life throws at them, who take us on a thought-provoking and inspirational journey about taking yourself seriously, listening to your heart and having the courage to make your dreams come true.
Director: Jessica Nettelbladt, Sweden, 2010