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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.

    (10 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.

    (8 programpunkter)
  • Top Docs

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

    (8 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.

    (6 programpunkter)
  • Music & Arts

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

    (9 programpunkter)
  • Reality Bites

    Reality Bites is the perfect combination of documentaries and delicious food experiences.

    (5 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. Documentaries are screened together. They represent two short programs. One ticket for each program is needed.

    (10 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.

    (9 programpunkter)
  • Cinemateket

    In collaboration with Tempo, Cinemateket shows a series films with a strong connection to the festival’s theme Heritage. The Sami film heritage is focused upon and the historical picture of Sami is discussed. Who has the power to portray someone else’s life, who is allowed to tell and how do you not to consolidate stereotypes?

    (1 programpunkter)
  • Retrospektiv

    Tempo celebrates 20th anniversary! Through the years we’ve shown so many fantastic documentaries. In our retrospective section we highlight some of our favourites which subjects are as relevant today as they were then. After each movie there’ll be talk with special guests.

    (5 programpunkter)

Film

Carolina Astudillo Muñoz, 2018, 98 min, English Subtitles, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Swedish Premiere!

Ainhoa Mata Juanicotena was born into a family that filmed, recorded and photographed their daily life for many years. In her adolescence, at the end…

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Emily Norling, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 74 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, New Doc, Director Visit

All we own is a documentary (2015-2018) set in Stockholm. In this film we follow Curtis and Johan, who are both heroin addicts. The viewer is able to experience the friendship between…

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Clara Bodén, 2014, Sverige, Sweden, 50 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Retrospektiv

I think about how I once thought. What it meant to stay or to leave the place where we grew up. All my friends, my…

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Steven Cantor, 2018, USA, 74 min, Music & Arts, Swedish Premiere!

Dance sensation Tiler Peck, one of the principle dancers of the New York City Ballet company, curates a three-day dance series entitled ‘Ballet Now’ which…

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Mari Gulbiani, 2018, France, Georgia, Germany, 72 min, English Subtitles, Views of the World, Director Visit, Director visit!, Swedish Premiere!

In a darkened classroom, the white cracked walls serve as a movie screen. We are in a remote mountain village of Georgia. The light from…

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Gustav Ahlgren, 2019, Sweden, 5 min, English Subtitles, Tempo Short Award, Director visit!, World premiere!

A short and terrifying story that lures under the surface of many relationships. How a young woman realizes that her marriage is slowly turning abusive…

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Valentina Chamorro Westergårdh, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 9 min, English Subtitles, Tempo Short Award, Director Visit, Director visit!, World premiere!

First generation, second generation, third generation immigrant… When do you become Swedish? Is it about a feeling? Culture? Or looks? Can you inherit a feeling…

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Khalik Allah, 2018, USA, 77 min, English Subtitles, Music & Arts

Part film, part baptism, in Black Mother director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual exploration through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil…

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Malin Ingrid Johansson, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 4 min, English Subtitles, New Doc, Director Visit, Director visit!, World premiere!

The film about Brynjar is almost as much a portrait of Iceland as by the designer himself, it was simply impossible to distinguish the two.…

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Heddy Honigmann, 2018, Netherlands, 86 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Top Docs, Swedish Premiere!

In this poignant and carefully composed portrait of six guide dogs and their owners, Heddy Honigmann explores the close bond between animal and human. One…

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Francesco Patierno, 2018, 70 min, English Subtitles, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director visit!, Swedish Premiere!

The film is a historical and socio-anthropological portrait of the provincial capital of Campania, Naples, and the organised crime that afflicts it, and is the…

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Marie Losier, 2018, Frankrike, 73 min, Engelska, English Subtitles, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Svensk premiär!

Cassandro is often referred to as the Liberace of lucha libre. This tough Mexican show wrestler wears glittering costumes and has more than earned his…

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Cameron Yates, 2018, USA, 82 min, Reality Bites, Swedish Premiere!

Ten-year-old Flynn transforms his living room into a supper club, using his classmates as line cooks and serving a tasting menu foraged from his neighbors’…

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Nicole Vögele, 2018, Germany, 116 min, Reality Bites

At a busy junction under a viaduct in Taipei, a diverse array of entrepreneurs are busy at work in the bleak fluorescent light. There’s a…

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Albin Biblom, 2018, Sverige, Sweden, New Doc

Curiosity and Control is a thought-provoking film about our relation to the natural world. It is a journey through museums of natural history and zoological…

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Ben Mullinkosson, 2018, USA, 69 min, Views of the World

Red-headed brothers Peter and Matthew are growing up at home with their parents. They’re crazy about each other, but they’re also constantly at each other’s…

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Mitra Sohrabian, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 14 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Tempo Short Award, World premiere!

A warm and humanistic documentary about friendship beyond borders, a friendship that enriches and opposes the prejudices of Sweden’s society. A film that shows with…

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Cecilia Torquato de Oliveira, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 14 min, English Subtitles, Tempo Short Award

One fears a plastic bag, someone else burns out. While the extremely rich places their money in tax havens, most people gets shopping, Jesus and…

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Nicolas Philibert, 2018, Frankrike, 105 min, English Subtitles, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director Visit, Director visit!, Swedish Premiere!, Swedish premiere!

Every year, thousands of students – mostly female – embark upon courses that will lead them to become nurses. Enrolled in Nursing Training Institutes, they…

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Alberto Herskovits, Olavi Linna, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 58 min, English Subtitles, Music & Arts

Known for his sharp tongue and controversial statements, Jörn Donner has been an important cultural personality in Sweden and Finland since the fifties. Author, film…

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Morgane Dziurla-Petit, 2019, Sweden, 15 min, English Subtitles, Tempo Short Award

In a small village of the North of France, an attack alert has been set off due to the combination of two events: the beginning…

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Karen Winther, 2018, Germany, Norway, Sverige, Sweden, Tyskland, 80 min, Top Docs

In EXIT, we meet Angela from the US and Ingo and Manuel from Germany, all former right-wing extremists who made the leap to leave their…

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ReMell Ross, 2018, USA, 76 min, Top Docs

The Black Belt in the Southern United States is known for its history of slavery and poverty. RaMell Ross, who worked here as a teacher…

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Eloy Domínguez Serén, 2018, Sverige, Sweden, 89 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Tempo Documentary Award, Director visit!

A minefield and the second largest military wall in the world separates this group of friends from their homeland that they have only heard about…

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Alisa Kovalenko, 2017, Ukraine, 86 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director Visit, Director visit!, Swedish Premiere!, Swedish premiere!

The film depicts the life of Alina Shilova, a 20-year-old girl from Kyiv, whose passion for football has a chance of saving her from poverty.…

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Eszter Hajdú, 2018, Hungary, 82 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Top Docs, Director Visit, Director visit!, Swedish Premiere!, Swedish premiere!

Twenty-eight years after the fall of communism and on the eve of a new presidential election, Hungary has arrived at a political crossroads. Is the…

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Claudia TosI, 2018, France, Frankrike, Italy, 84 min, English Subtitles, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director Visit, Director visit!, Swedish Premiere!

Manuela and Daniela dream to change their country, Italy, but have to meet the harsh reality. From the feminist fights against Berlusconi to the last…

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Emilio Belmonte, 2017, France, Frankrike, 85 min, English Subtitles, Music & Arts, Swedish Premiere!

The spectacular avant-garde choreographies of flamenco dancer Rocío Molina push at the boundaries of dance and the visual arts. She travels the world to perform…

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Gabrielle Brady, 2018, Australia, Germany, Tyskland, UK, 98 min, English subtitles, Top Docs

The scenes of migrating crabs on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean would not have been out of place in a nature film. But in…

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Hyung-sook Hong, 2018, South Korea, 108 min, English Subtitles, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Swedish Premiere!

The first day of the new school year is an especially tense time for 11-year-old Junha: his classmates avoid him because they can’t tell when…

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Nisti Stêrk, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 58 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Music & Arts

For just as long as you’ve been hearing “women are not as funny as men,” the highly animated and wonderfully hilarious female humor elite has…

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Camilla Skagerström, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 15 min, English Subtitles, Tempo Short Award, Director Visit, Director visit!, World premiere!

Mental illness among young girls increases around the world. In Sweden the social welfare government describes the increase as a public health problem. In Let…

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Ida Persson Lännerberg, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 72 min, Tempo Documentary Award, Director Visit, Director visit!, World premiere!

The artist Lindy Larsson has decided to never talk about his background to protect his family. But one day he gets a request – a…

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Lina Mannheimer, 2019, Sverige, 90 min, Tempo Documentary Award

Naomi, 22, and Edvin, 20, two Swedish digital natives – aka millennials, agreed to do weekly interviews over Skype with director Lina Mannheimer for a…

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Ziska Szemes, 2009, Denmark, Sverige, Sweden, 28 min, English Subtitles, Retrospektiv

Ziska is born and raised in Sweden. Never the less she is often asked where she comes froms since she does not look Swedish. In…

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André Singer, Werner Herzog, 2018, Germany, UK, USA, 90 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Top Docs, Swedish Premiere!, Swedish premiere!

Over the course of six months, the documentary directing phenomenon Werner Herzog had three conversations with Mikhail Gorbachev, the now 87-year-old former president of the Soviet…

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Tove Torbiörnsson, 1999, Sverige, Sweden, 65 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Retrospektiv

Having been adopted as a child, Jonathan still has some vague memories of his past, before he was taken in by a Swedish family. As…

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Malin Ekström, Paulina Witte, 2019, Sweden, New Doc

Felizia is a 22-year old soccer coach, a sister and a sober addict. Her life has consisted of two completely different worlds. During her whole…

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Angelika Abramovitch, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 11 min, English Subtitles, New Doc, Director Visit, Director visit!, World premiere!

En personlig film om saknaden efter pappan som gick bort för 10 år sedan. Genom stillbilder och pappans filmade material tecknas ett kärleksfullt porträtt av…

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Dalia Kury, 2018, Norway, 70 min, English Subtitles, Views of the World

How do you tell completely authentic stories from Syria? Would former prisoners be able to reveal their deepest feelings to an interviewer? The Jordanian filmmaker…

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Hanna Hannerz, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 14 min, English Subtitles, New Doc

On September 26, 2016, two local politicians presented a proposal to investigate the possibility of introducing a local ban on veils at school and preschool…

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Tova Mozard, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 18 min, English Subtitles, Tempo Short Award, Director Visit, Director visit!, World premiere!

The neon signs of the psychics cuts through the darkness, beckoning like temples onto a world seemingly stripped of inhabitants. Two souls, at odds with…

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Adal Neguse, Anna Blom, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 11 min, English Subtitles, Tempo Short Award

On 3 October 2013, an overcrowded fishing boat carrying Eritrean refugees caught fire off the island of Lampedusa and sank. At least 368 people died…

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Abner Benaim, 2018, Colombia, 85 min, English Subtitles, Music & Arts

Latin American icon Ruben Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970’s. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms…

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Sverige, 144 min, English Subtitles, Cinemateket

In collaboration with Tempo, Cinemateket shows a series films with a strong connection to the festival’s theme Heritage. The Sami film heritage is focused upon and…

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Billy Corben, 2018, USA, 105 min, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director Visit, Swedish Premiere!

They say South Florida is a sunny place for shady people. Filmmaker Billy Corben has a talent for uncovering some of its most colourful characters…

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Anna Hylander, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 58 min, Music & Arts, Director Visit, Director visit!, World premiere!

A movie about the literary world of the Swedish author Sara Stridsberg.

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Maite Alberdi, 2014, Chile, 70 min, English Subtitles, Reality Bites

Five older ladies have had tea together every month for the past 60 years, ever since they finished high school. Although their personalities are very…

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Betty Regnström Larsson, Malin Lövkvist, 2019, Sweden, 18 min, New Doc

We follow two brothers from the slum who fell in love with skateboarding as kids. Now they are struggling to spread the skateboarding culture in…

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Zita Erffa, 2018, Germany, Mexico, Tyskland, 93 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Swedish Premiere!, Swedish premiere!

How does it feel when your brother, someone you felt to be the dearest, brightest and most important person in the world, suddenly decides to…

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Rob Fruchtman, Steven Lawrence, 2018, USA, 87 min, Top Docs, Director Visit, Director visit!, Swedish Premiere!, Swedish premiere!

With over 500,000 streets cats struggling to survive in NYC, and the city unwilling to address the problem, spirited volunteers like Sassee, Claire, Stu and…

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Debora Elgeholm, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, New Doc

Within Catholicism, apparitions of the Virgin Mary are relatively common. They are often seen in times of political unrest and war, and the Virgin Mary’s…

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Fredrik Gertten, 2002, Sverige, Sweden, 50 min, English Subtitles, Retrospektiv

Although it had been in existance for 113 years, Arbetet, a Malmö newspaper, was in its death throes by September 2000. A miracle would be…

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Jacob Frössén, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 71 min, Tempo Documentary Award, Director Visit, Director visit!, Swedish Premiere!, World premiere!

After a botched relationship with a Swedish girl in 1971, Klaus Dinger, a young drummer from Düsseldorf resorts to his drums in the band NEU!…

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Maya Gallus, 2018, Canada, Kanada, 75 min, English Subtitles, Reality Bites, Swedish Premiere!

The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution looks at the women currently at the head of some of the world’s top restaurants, and the next generation unwilling to…

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Maud Nycander, 2007, Sweden, 58 min, English Subtitles, Retrospektiv

Marta has chosen an extremely radical lifestyle. At age 19, she joined a Carmelite order, the most strict of all cloister orders. Living under a…

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Emelie Jönsson, Gustav Ahlgren, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 76 min, English Subtitles, Tempo Documentary Award, Director Visit, Director visit!, World premiere!

At the height of fame and fortune internationally acclaimed opera singer Siv Wennberg aka Siv the Diva suffered a gross betrayal and disappeared from the…

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Ian Cheney, 2014, China, Taiwan, USA, 71 min, English Subtitles, Reality Bites, Swedish Premiere!

This mouthwateringly entertaining film travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. General Tso’s chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous…

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Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar, 2018, Spain, USA, 96 min, English Subtitles, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, Director visit!, Swedish Premiere!

“There’s a mass grave here,” explains María Martín. The elderly woman leans against the guard rail from which she has just hung a bouquet of…

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Sebastian Ringler, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 70 min, Tempo Documentary Award, Director Visit, Director visit!, Swedish Premiere!, World premiere!

A sub culture evolved in Sweden in the 1950’s, Swedish greasers. The greasers were young and wild, drove American cars and rebelled against society. We…

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Maria Augusta Ramos, 2018, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, 140 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Top Docs

In August 2016, Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, was removed from office by the senate. She had come under attack after a series of…

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Astrid Askberger, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 5 min, English Subtitles, Tempo Short Award, Director Visit, Director visit!, World premiere!

In a rapidly cut short movie director Astrid Askberger tells the story of how it feels to get a new wall built nine meter outside…

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Carmen Jedrzejak, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 10 min, English Subtitles, New Doc

Based on interviews with several girls who sell sex, the director makes a portrait of the people behind the epithet “whore”. Is whore something one…

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Lisa Partby, 2018, Sverige, Sweden, 14 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Tempo Short Award

Behind a wine-red velvet curtain in the window of a small tin booth at Nevsky Prospekt, Ira sits and checks that the city’s trolleybuses are…

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Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman, 2018, Brazil, 75 min, English Subtitles, Music & Arts

Raw, vital and sometimes very intimate portrait of the Brazilian artiste Linn da Quebrada, a “tranny fag” who uses her own body as her medium…

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Anna Eborn, 2019, Sverige, 90 min, English Subtitles, Tempo Documentary Award

Anna Eborn intimately follows a group of young people as they move from a sweltering, carefree summer through an unforgiving winter in the self-proclaimed state…

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Dyana Winkler, Tina Brown, 2018, USA, 89 min, Music & Arts, Swedish Premiere!

When America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture…

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Viktor Nordenskiöld, 2019, Sverige, Sweden, 86 min, English Subtitles, Views of the World

Incredible coverage of 4 years in the office of the Swedish foreign minister, Margot Wallström, known for her fearless feminist agenda and sharp, empathic mind.…

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Samori Tovatt, 2019, Sweden, 57 min, English Subtitles, Tempo Documentary Award, Director Visit, World premiere!

On Paradise beach in Gambia the sun loungers are empty. Fruit sellers debate about the weak tourist season, meanwhile a commission of inquiry deals with…

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Christy Garland, 2018, Canada, Denmark, Kanada, 89 min, English Subtitles, Views of the World

The Palestinian Latifa Abu Draa spent eight years in an Israeli prison, and by the time she was released in 2011, her daughter Walaa was…

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Petra Bauer, 2018, Sverige, Sweden, 38 min, English Subtitles, English subtitles, Views of the World

One day The Scottish Trades Union Congress in Glasgow is occupied. The roots of this building go deep into the history of the workers’ movement,…

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