News archive from Jan 2015

The City in focus at the next festival!

When the festival takes place in Stockholm between March 2-8 it will do so with “The City” as its theme. Welcome to take part of stories from cities around the world; Havana, Sao Paolo, Accra, Jakarta, Homs and Sheffield but also from our own city, Stockholm. Through films, unique outdoor screenings, sound walks, live podcasting and seminars we want to initiate a discussion about the city of the future. The program also includes audio docs, transmedia projects, photo exhibits and meetings with documentary creators.

There will also be screenings in public spaces; on streets and squares, bridges and concrete walls around Stockholm.

Gentrification and segregation are increasing. As is the friction between the center and the fringe, between metropolitan cities and rural towns. We want to discuss urban public right, activism and citizen influence. Who has access to the city today and who decides how it should look?

Some of the films that will be screened during the festival:

Pulp: a Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets
The film about Pulp is also a film about Sheffield. Director Florian Habicht highlights both the band, the city and the people who live in it. Singer Jarvis Cocker has drawn a great deal of inspiration for his song lyrics from his hometown of Sheffield. The film recently held its world premier at Sheffield Doc/Fest and will now premier in Sweden at Tempo Documentary Festival. Watch the trailer.

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait
Celebrated in Cannes, Silvered Water is a poetic documentation of one of our worst current conflicts. Director Ossama Mohammed has lived in exile during many years when he is contacted by the young Kurdish activist Wiam Simav Bedirxan. Their letters to each other and a collage of YouTube clips a shattered city. The film’s producer Orwa Nyrabia will attend the festival and hold a master class. Watch the trailer.

Something Better To Come
Director Hanna Polak has followed Yula, her friends and family over the course of 14 years. The film takes place on the outskirts of the city, on Europe’s largest garbage dump, just two miles from the center of Moscow. Yula is in many ways a regular teenager with dreams of love and success. Despite her ostensibly dark future in Putin’s Russia she is determined to alter the course of her destiny. The film was awarded the jury’s honorable mention at IDFA in Amsterdam and will hold its Nordic premiere at Tempo Documentary Festival.

The festival takes place at the cinemas Victoria, Bio Rio, Debaser, Centrum för fotografi, Moderna museet and many other places around Stockholm. More information will soon be available and the full festival program will be released on February 4 2015.

Tempo Documentary Festival takes place between March 2-8 2015.

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