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Den Svåra Vägen

Alexander Toma / Amanda Aagard | 1 h | Sweden
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Director: Alexander Toma / Amanda Aagard
Year: 2021
Duration: 1 h
Country: Sweden
Language: Swedish
Subtitles: English

Den Svåra Vägen is a short documentary about a Swedish mother, an Afghan son and how to integrate to north of Sweden. In 2015, TV screens were filled with images from the Mediterranean; inflatable boats, panic and washed up bodies. But what happened to those who made it? Those who made it all the way from the Afghan mountains to the spruce forests in Västerbotten. Accompanied by a summery Umeå, in this warm documentary we get an insight into Abdul and Anna’s common everyday life of cherry picking, river bathing and guitar playing. But beneath the surface there is a constant note of that otherness; residence permits, deportations and demonstrations.

The film explores what integration should perhaps look like, and how culture can act as support. Can theater and music help someone process their nightmares about what has been?