Film

Tempo is proud to present this years film program! We have handpicked this years best swedish and international documentaries in eight section that contains unique stories from all over the world.

  • Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award

    In our international competition ten films are competing to win the price for best foreign documentary.

    (12 programpunkter)
  • Tempo Documentary Award

    Tempo Documentary Award is a Swedish documentary film competition. The winner will be presented during the award ceremony on Saturday and 75 000 SEK will be given to the winning director. The competition is organized with the support of the Swedish Film Institute and Influence Film Club.

    (9 programpunkter)
  • Top Docs

    Last year’s top documentary films from around the world, everything gathered in Top Docs.

    (7 programpunkter)
  • Views of the World

    Contemporary depictions of various parts of the world. Personal portraits that simultaneously shows images of society. Films that tell of the big and the small at the same time.

    (8 programpunkter)
  • Music & Arts

    Music, art, dance and literature in great form – Music & Arts offers the best documentaries in its genre.

    (7 programpunkter)
  • Tempo Short Award

    Tempo Short Award is a competition for best Swedish short documentary. The winner will be presented during the award ceremony on Saturday and 25 000 SEK will be given to the director. The competition is organized with the support of the Swedish Film Institute and Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen. Documentaries are screened together. They represent two short programs. One ticket for each program is needed.

    (9 programpunkter)
  • New Doc

    New Doc is Tempo Documentary Festival talent price for unestablished Swedish filmmakers . The price of 70 000 SEK, including 30 000 SEK in technical support, is assigned a new promising director. The prize is awarded in partnership with Filmbasen/Film Stockholm, Cloud Film/Culture in the West, Film i Dalarna, Filmpool Nord, Kultur in Halland – Film and the National Film Centre .
    Shown as three blocks where one ticket counts for each block.

    (8 programpunkter)
  • Cinemateket

    Tempo and Cinemateket present two Swedish music film classics together with a live performance. Come and celebrate the newly restored punk history films by Rainer Hartleb and Staffan Lindqvist: Hemligheten och Kärleken är allt!

    (1 programpunkter)

Film

Brian Kaufman, 2017, USA, 82 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Swedish premiere!

Home movie footage donated by metro Detroiters provides the spine of ’12th and Clairmount’, which looks back at the Detroit riot of 1967 — and…

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Equipe Media och Råfilm, 2017, Sweden, Western Sahara, 17 min, Tempo Short Award, Director visit!

The members of video activist group Equipe Media fight to keep their cameras. They use them to document the Moroccan kingdoms’ violations of human rights…

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Attiya Khan & Lawrence Jackman, 2017, 79 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

During the two years they lived together, Steve abused Attiya on a daily basis. Now, 20 years later, Attiya has asked Steve to meet. She…

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Cecilia Björk, 2018, Sweden, 75 min, Tempo Documentary Award, Director visit!

A Good Week for Democracy is a sharp, humoristic and unsentimental look at the largest political media event of the year in Sweden: The Almedalen…

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Helena Třeštíková, 2017, Czech Republic, 102 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

In 35 years of one couple’s shared life, a lot of things happen: from the moments of an absolute harmony to the dramatic falls. For…

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Denis Côté, 2017, Switzerland, 93 min, Top Docs

Jean-François, Alexis, Cédric, Ronald, Benoit and Maxim are bodybuilders who will do all it takes to keep their bodies in exceptional form. Without commentary, this…

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Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, 2017, Germany, Hungary, 90 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Swedish premiere!

An intimate close-up of a woman with a lined face. She is asleep, until the filmmaker whispers, ‘Marish’. Marish opens her eyes and sits up…

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Ina Porselius, 2017, Sweden, 55 min, New Doc, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

Me: Mom, why do you love charter trips? Mom: Because it’s life, warm and sunny. Me: Do you and Carina want to go on a…

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Theresa Traore Dahlberg, 2017, Sweden, 16 min, Tempo Short Award

We find ourselves in an extravagant garden in Ouagadougou. The French Ambassador’s wife dreamt about becoming a famous opera singer. Instead, she is now using…

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James Crump, 2017, USA, 92 min, Music & Arts, Swedish premiere!

Antonio Lopez is considered the most influential fashion illustrator of the last century. His drawings colored the zeitgeist of the frivolous New York and the…

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Erik Holmström & Fredrik Wenzel, 2017, Sweden, 28 min, Tempo Short Award, Director visit!

A depiction of the most hated government agency in Sweden: the employment office, in which employees are reduced to cardboard cutouts.

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Vaishali Sinha, 2017, India, USA, 80 min, Views of the World, Swedish premiere!

One of the best-read features in the Mumbai Mirror is ‘Ask the Sexpert’, a daily column about sex by the broad-minded 93-year-old sexologist Dr. Mahinder…

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Carina Molier, 2017, Netherlands, 70 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

Dozens of people lost their lives in the 2008 terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India. Years later, five witnesses return…

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Mattias Olsson, 2018, Sweden, 27 min, Tempo Short Award, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

Two musicians from different cultures meet on the subway platform. A film about friendship, migration and the uniting power of music.

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Violeta Ayala, 2017, Australia, Bolivia, France, USA, 78 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

In Bolivia, the big drug barons go free while small-time criminals like Hernan and Mario can spend years in the overcrowded San Sebastian Prison. They…

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Tova Mozard, 2017, Sweden, 20 min, Tempo Short Award, Director visit!

In the movie ‘COPS’ we meet four people who portray the police profession, through narrative and staging. A film by Guldbaggen-nominated artist Tova​ ​Mozard.

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Tristan Milewski, 2017, Germany, 92 min, Views of the World

It is raining men. They come from 89 nations and float on a cruise ship along the Spanish east coast. Sun, sea, naked skin, and…

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Christopher Dillon Quinn, 2017, USA, 94 min, Top Docs, Director visit!

In his book Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer goes in search of answers to the question as to why we eat meat, and delves into…

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Frederic Wiseman, 2017, USA, 197 min, Top Docs

In this, the 42nd documentary by Frederick Wiseman (recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2016), the legendary filmmaker brings his incisive vision behind the scenes…

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Agnès Varda och JR, 2017, France, 90 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Swedish premiere!

A heartwarming and poignant road movie about the joint project of 88-year-old filmmaker Agnès Varda and 33-year-old photographer JR, who share a love for the…

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Sandrine Bonnaire, 2017, France, 62 min, Music & Arts, Swedish premiere!

Marianne Faithfull has seen it all: success and celebrity at 17 years of age in Swinging London, life with Mick Jagger through the tumultuous Rolling…

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Truls Anderssen, 2018, Sweden, 85 min, Views of the World, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

Tor and his family are threatened by a huge black pit. A mining company plans to open up a new mine next to their home…

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Håvard Bustnes, 2017, Norway, 92 min, Top Docs

‘Whatever has happened to Greece?’ wonders filmmaker Håvard Bustnes out loud at the start of this disturbing documentary. In recent years, its image as a…

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Sophie Fiennes, 2017, Great Britain, Ireland, 115 min, Music & Arts

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami takes the viewer on an intimate and electrifying journey that moves between four cinematic layers – performance, family, artist and…

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Gloria Carrión Fonseca, 2017, 88 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Swedish premiere!

In 1979 Nicaragua, a dictatorship that lasted decades has been overthrown and the revolutionary Sandinistas have taken over. As far as young Gloria is concerned,…

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Felice Hapetzeder, 2017, Sweden, 9 min, New Doc, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

The material is based on an encounter with a person from childhood with links to Nazi Germany who suddenly turned up in my hometown. How…

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Boris Mitić, 2017, Croatia, France, Serbia, 78 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

‘Nothing’ might not have a very promising name, but it is nonetheless an enterprising character. Tired of being misunderstood, it runs away from home and…

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Julia Gumpert och Ulrika Bandeira, Olivia Kastebring, 2018, Sweden, 18 min, Tempo Short Award, Director visit!

All female dance group, JUCK, made a name for themselves in 2013 with a video that became a viral hit all over the world. The…

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Anna Eborn, 2017, Sweden, 89 min, Tempo Documentary Award, Director visit!

Lida is 81 years old and lives in a dying Swedish settlement in Eastern Ukraine. While she and her little sister Maria were in a…

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Mette Aakerholm Gardell, 2018, Sweden, 83 min, Tempo Documentary Award, Director visit!

When people who identify as homosexuals move into retirement homes, they hide often photographs of their loved ones and their lives. Research shows that homosexuals…

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Staffan Julén, 2017, Sweden, 90 min, Tempo Documentary Award, Director visit!

Svetlana Aleksijevitj, the 2015 Nobel-Prize winning Belarusian author whose oral histories have explored the psyche of the Russian people, is now working on a book…

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Jon Blåhed, 2018, Sweden, 73 min, New Doc, Director visit!

‘Maj Doris’ is an artistic documentary about the 74-year-old indigenous Sámi woman Maj Doris Rimpi. 20 years ago, she had another kind of life. She…

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Patricia Lorenzoni, 2017, Sweden, 25 min, New Doc, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

‘I wanted to tell you something about this city. But I still find myself wondering: Where are the giraffes of Brasília?’ In the form of…

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Jasmijn Kooijman, 2017, Sweden, 30 min, New Doc, Director visit!

The girls living in Möllstorps refugee camp (South Sweden) have been through a lot before they came here. Together they try to find their way…

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Maria Fredriksson, 2018, Sweden, 51 min, Views of the World, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

Arne lives in an outdated apartment with an outhouse toilet in Stockholm, since 45 years back. 20 years ago, he got a new landlord, when…

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Yaser Kassab, 2017, Sweden, Syria, 44 min, New Doc, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

When the Syrian civil war reached the city center of Damascus, filmmaker Yaser Kassab and his wife Rima fled to Lebanon. On hearing the news…

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Ali Alibrahim, 2017, Sweden, 24 min, New Doc, Director visit!

A devastated city with no food, no fuel, no water, no place to bury the dead and nowhere to treat the wounded, since hospitals no…

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Marta Prus, 2017, Finland, Germany, Poland, 74 min, Top Docs, Director visit!

‘You’re not a human being, you’re an athlete’, 20-year-old Rita is told by one of her two merciless coaches. She is preparing to represent Russia…

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Daisy Asquith, 2017, Great Britain, 70 min, Music & Arts

The archive of the British Film Institute is a treasure chest of British film and TV history. Composed entirely of excerpts from this archive, Queerama…

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Koki Shigeno, 2017, 93 min, Views of the World

Feast yourself on some ramen. What began as a quick, simple and above all nourishing dish for a hungry population in post-war Japan has now…

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Julia Stanislawska, 2018, Sweden, 58 min, Tempo Documentary Award, Director visit!, World premiere!

An intimate portrait of Rikard Wolff, one of Sweden’s greatest performers and a prominent figure in Sweden’s gay culture. A poetic film about music and…

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Sam Pollard, 2017, USA, 100 min, Music & Arts

At his peak, Sammy Davis Jr. was the world’s most famous Jewish entertainer. Davis was many other things – a child prodigy as a singer…

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Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring och Christina Tsiobanelis, 2017, Sweden, 94 min, Tempo Documentary Award, Director visit!

An intimate love story and filmic journey through the first years of the career of a contemporary feminist icon. With her uncompromising lyrics against all…

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Hiu-chan Huang, 2016, 88 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Swedish premiere!

Anu is a tomboy. Although she was married off at a young age – as was customary in Taiwan in the 1970s – and had…

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Pether Lindgren och Lisa Nordström, 2017, Sweden, 55 min, Music & Arts, Director visit!

Sonica Sequence is a visually and sonically stunning film about connecting within the unifying language of music. The Swedish musician Lisa Nordström travels with her…

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Thomas A. Morgan, 2017, USA, 73 min, Views of the World, Swedish premiere!

Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in…

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Maryam Ebrahimi, 2017, Sweden, 75 min, Tempo Documentary Award, Director visit!

Saeid Sadeghi photographed the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988). Many of his photos were used to create war propaganda for martyrdom. Today he views himself as being…

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Göran Hugo Olsson, 2017, Sweden, 80 min, Tempo Documentary Award, Director visit!

That Summer centers on the film project Peter Beard initiated together with Lee Radziwill about her relatives, the Beales of Grey Gardens. Lost for decades,…

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Hogir Hirori & Shinwar Kamal, 2017, Sweden, 83 min, Tempo Documentary Award, Director visit!

In 2003, Fakhir, a father of eight, goes on a military mission to Mosul (Iraq) to fight against the terror after the fall of Saddam…

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Greg Barker, 2017, USA, 90 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

Throughout the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency, director Greg Barker follows the key figures behind the administration’s foreign policy: Secretary of State John Kerry,…

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Erika Cohn, 2017, Palestine, USA, 76 min, Views of the World

Are you allowed to divorce your husband if he mistreats you? What are the criteria for receiving alimony? These are questions covered by Sharia, or…

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Mila Turajlic, 2017, France, Qatar, Serbia, 104 min, Top Docs

A Belgrade apartment divided in two tells the story of a family and serves as a symbol of a country in political turmoil. The property…

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Jessica Gorter, 2017, Netherlands, 90 min, Views of the World, Swedish premiere!

More than 50 years after the death of Joseph Stalin, Russia is still divided. Was Stalin a great leader who made Russia into a superpower?…

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Åsa Sandzén, 2018, Sweden, 15 min, Tempo Short Award, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

During a cardiac surgery we follow the Patient into her subconsciousness, and arrive on a dark beach. There she meets Mona, Andreas and Iki, who…

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Staffan Lindqvist och Rainer Hartleb, 1982, 1986, Sweden, 58 min, 59 min, Cinemateket

Tempo and Cinemateket present two Swedish music film classics together with a live performance. Come and celebrate the newly restored punk history films by Rainer…

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Nicole Nielsen Horanyi, 2017, Denmark, 104 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director visit!, Swedish premiere!

In 2011, a single mother named Amanda meets Caspar on Facebook, and there is an immediate spark between them. As their relationship develops, Amanda discovers…

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Johan Palmgren, 2017, Sweden, 15 min, Tempo Short Award, Director visit!

A traffic separating device is set up in the center of Stockholm. It is supposed to only let buses pass, but something goes wrong and…

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Finlay Pretsell, 2017, Great Britain, 81 min, Top Docs

This portrait follows the former British road racing cyclist David Millar during his last cycling season. Director Finlay Pretsell has Millar tell his own story,…

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Manolo Diaz Rämö och Sharmarke Binyusuf, 2018, Sweden, 15 min, Tempo Short Award, Director visit!

‘Ung i Sverige’ (translated Young in Sweden) is a group of young Afghans who demand that the deportations to Afghanistan cease. While following the actions…

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Elin Eriksson och Saga Gärde, 2018, Sweden, 75 min, Music & Arts, Director visit!, World premiere!

The Swedish artist Robyn meets Caty, Ayesha, Selen, Barbara and Rojda at an all female and transgender education in producing music. In intimate, creative and…

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Towa Shimizu, 2017, Sweden, 16 min, New Doc, Director visit!

The director of the film asks his mother over the phone ‘what is it to be Japanese?’ Starting with a quote from JG Ballard conversations…

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