Tempo celebrates 20 and takes a look at its own heritage. At a festival, the combination of film and discussion crucial. To watch film together creates a joint departure for the conversation. Culture contributes to understanding, builds bridges and broadens our minds. Through the discussion we can meet and reflect over what we can and must do for the future.

Tempo celebrates 20 years with the theme HERITAGE

This year, the overall theme for the festival is Heritage, something we se reflected in several of the films in the program. Heritage can be seen from a number of aspects, social, financial, national, political and biological. We also discuss our own heritage, as documentary makers. The documentary narrative is in itself a testament. Why do we try to reflect reality if not to create a heritage?

A will to live with out demands

The biological, social and historic heritage is respectfully depicted in a number of works at the festival; The Silence of Others by Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo shows the brutal heritage after Franco and will have its Swedish premiere at Tempo. Another film on the theme is Meeting Gorbachev by Werner Herzog and André Singer, where the leader of the Soviet Union shows a new, softer side. The Swedish Greesers (Raggarjävlar) by Sebastian Ringler is about a contentious generation shift in a Swedish sub culture and at the same time tells the story of deep friendship and the will to live a life without demands.

The short Belonging (Arvet) av Valentina Chamorro Westergårdh touches the concept of being first and second generation immigrants. When do you feel Swedish? Three generations, identity and alienation. Hamada by Eloy Domínguez Serén shows reality in a refugee camp and a generation that has been brought up with stories of a home country they have never visited. In Home Games by Alisa Kovalenko shows the determination of a young girl aiming for a place in the national football team of Ukraine at the same time that she has to take care of her younger siblings.

Overcoming your own history

We also see the personal perspective in films touching mental illness, abuse and exposure. In Ainhoa, That’s Not Me by Carolina Astudillo Muños we are let into a dead woman’s diary that reflect the dark sides of a seeminly happy Ainhoa. The Short Pappa by Angelika Abramovitch shows the longing after a father, dead since 10 years.  All we own (Allt vi äger) by Emily Norling shows her friendship with two people that live a life in drug abuse. In the short Let me dance (Låt mig dansa) by Camilla Skagerström we meet five young girls suffering from mental illness, chronic fatigue and depression and how they have found a way to ease the pain.

Another Swedish short is Now I’m here again (Nu finns jag igen) by Malin Ekström and Paulina Witte. We meet Felizia who saw her father smoke heroin for the first time when she was eight. Now she is 22 and has managed to leave a heavy abuse thanks to football. We also have audio works on the theme, such as the documentary series Jag gråter bara med ena ögat by Rojda Sekersöz. Based on interviews with children from all over the world that tell us how they fled to Sweden. In the foyer of Skärisbiografen – Kulturhuset Stadsteatern where you can sit down on Sunday and listen.

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