Tempo Documentary Festival 2017
Tempo is coming of age!
The 18th edition of Sweden’s largest documentary festival is here! Tempo has grown, matured and become even larger. We celebrate this by expanding to 18 locations around Stockholm. Our new locations are Mångkulturellt centrum in Fittja, Biokällan in Märsta, Moderna museet and Finlandsinstitutet. We also offer all 18 – year – olds a free season ticket to the festival.
However, like many 18-year-olds we have remained defiant. We love to play and experiment. Who doesn’t want to see lovelorn documentary in defiant Stockholm’s sexiest warehouse and try pole dancing afterwards? Or listen to the radio in a steaming hot sauna? Or challenge some of the world’s best dancers in a virtual dance battle? You can do all this and much more in this year’s festival if you are a teenager or want to be a teenager again. But life is not just a bed of roses as an 18-year-old. It is also filled with vital questions, truths and untruths, and a lot of drama. Just as this year’s program. Get to know La Chana, one of Spain’s greatest flamenco divas with a dark past, follow along Manal Masri’s thriller-like journey to find out what really happened to her brother who got shot or learn to sing chants with the girls from Finland’s worst cheerleading team.
Since its birth in 1998, Tempo has been a platform for the collective expressions of documentary. Documentary as an artwork that moves you, as an opinion maker with power to change or as a twisted experimental film that raises questions. This year’s program is wider than ever and allows a wide range of documentary storytelling. Everything from the classic portrait film to the grand tableaux and 60 years of hybrids are represented. In Tempo 2017 we put the concept untruth under the microscope and immerse ourselves in the borderland between truth and untruth. In 2016 the Oxford Dictionary choose »post-truth« to be the word of the year, due to the fact that our era is characterized by not considering objective facts as an important issue anymore. Instead of objective facts it is emotions and personal beliefs that are the center of our attention. We want to explore this further through film, radio, photo and conversations.
The theme has a natural connection to documentary storytelling and how we see the truth and untruth as documentary makers. Who has the right to claim the truth and whose truth is the one we tell? What kind of responsibility does the filmmaker have regarding the truth in the subjective narrative? At the same time, we’re moving beyond the documentary genre and look at the concept from a wider perspective linked to politics, the media and historiography. We even let the personal truths be a focal point and ask ourselves how we construct truth on an individual level. The Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich said that the worst lie is the documentary. But Tempo Documentary Festival 2017 is the week when it is perfectly permissible to tell the (un) truth. Melissa Lindgren & Agneta Mogren Programme Director and Festival Director