We are like Oranges (2012)
The film depicts aspects in the life of Afro Swedish youth in Sweden through an ”Alice in Wonderland” inspired saga. It was the first film where an Afro-Swedish young men got to play the hero. The movie also addresses Sweden´s racist past, that Sweden engaged in the slave trade and that it had a State Institute of Racial Biology. It was the first film that highlights how racism has impacted on both the ethnic Swedes and those with African background through state funded racist acts.
The aim of the film is to also show why young mean start to hate and end up in rightwing extremism and why young women are drawn to men that hurt others. In this film we worked with a former neo-nazi on set.With the film we hope to combat hate crime by demonstrating the significance of the fact that a deeper understanding of the context through increased knowledge is needed, coupled with the encouragement of a moral standing at an individual level.
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Diversity in the Swedish film heritage (1890-1950)
This book is the first in Sweden to give an overview of 60 years of film history where the focus is on how ethnic minorities and people in European colonies and other countries were presented in documentaries and films. The book presents and compares how the Sami, Jews, the Roma, Finns, Turks, Arabs, Asians and Africans have been portrayed where they have been stereotyped and very seldom even given the chance to play themselves. The book also explains how prejudices promoted by the use of stereotypes and race performativity (e.g. when a Swede plays a person of another ethnic background) affect us biologically.
The book advances suggestions of what needs to be done to increase the inclusion of ethnic minority groups in the film sector through the inclusion model, the 25% rule developed by the author. The medium of film can change how we perceive ourselves and others. It is up to us to manage that possibility to the benefit of all. The book is written by Cecilia Gärding as part of the end results of the youth project The Cultural Heritage Agents, a project for young people with an ethnic minority background that are active in the cultural sector. These youth were the reference group for the book. The project was conducted under the auspices of Kulturens, a Swedish non formal study organization, funded by the Public Heritage Fund.