Director: Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiob | Countries of production: Sweden | Year: 2017 | Length: 91 min
Language: English, Arabic, Lithuanian, Swedish with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Screening as part of TOAFF18

“Let’s smash the patriarchy!” Swedish hip-hop artist Silvana Imam shouts through a megaphone, and hundreds of hands shoot into the air.

Silvana’s uncompromising punk rap lyrics explore feminism, antiracism, LGBT rights and her own immigrant background (her father is from Syria, her mother from Lithuania). Challenging bodyshaming, racial and gender stereotypes propagated by religious institutions and the media alike, her performances ruffle a fair few feathers.

This intimate portrait of a radically intersectional and talented voice scratches at the polished surface of Sweden’s benevolent, progressive tolerance to reveal the many prejudices bubbling beneath – and celebrates a trailblazer who empowers thousands of young girls to seek a different understanding of their own strength.

Silvana’s story invites you to make sense of her broader context, to walk into other people’s shoes and relate to their struggles.” Modern Times Review

Official selection, IDFA