The 22nd Tempo Documentary Festival
Approximately two dozen new and recent features are presented in Sweden’s largest nonfiction event, which is presented online this year.
Among the offerings:
Director: Yasaman Sharifmanesh
Abolfazl, deported from Sweden to Kabul, must take a dangerous journey to verify his identity in order to obtain the proper papers to return to Sweden.
BE MY VOICE
Director: Nahid Persson
Journalist and activist Masih Alinejad has 4.5 million followers on Instagram after urging Iranian women to rebel against the forced hijab on social media – a call to action that has grown into one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in Iran’s history.
Director: Mikael Kristersson, Åsa Ekman & Oscar Hedin
Three farming families in Hanyuan, China, strive to give their children a good life in the midst of an ecological crisis, as widespread use of pesticides leads to a dramatic decline in bees and other pollinating insects in the valley.
FLY SO FAR
Director: Celina Escher
Teodora Vásquez is the spokesperson of women accused of aggravated homicide and imprisoned in El Salvador for having had a miscarriage – a symbol of the extremism in the criminalization of abortion and the cruelty against women within the Salvadoran system, as well as of sorority, resilience, and solidarity.
Director: Zahavi Sanjavi
After more than two years in captivity with ISIS, Yazidi Ghazala and her two small boys are released and return to Iraqi Kurdistan, with four-year-old Imad dramatically traumatized and acting out aggressively in response.
Director: Ofer Freiman
Cleo fulfilled his dream: to leave the big city with his wife and fifteen children, to establish a family commune on a farm in Brazil. Exploring their family-roots leads his children to discover their surprising heritage, which undermines the existence of the communal paradise.
MEN WHO SING
Director: Dylan Williams
The filmmaker’s father, approaching 90, seeks to recruit new younger members for the male choir in which he has been singing for the past 70 years.
PRINCE OF DREAMS
Director: Jessica Nettelbladt
Erik, struggling with gender dysphoria, isolation, and vulnerability, goes on a pilgrimage on foot from Malmö to the world’s end, Cape Finisterre to change his life.
Director: Darío Doria
Poor and illiterate, Vicenta fights for the right of her developmentally-disabled daughter Laura, pregnant via rape, to access an abortion in Argentina.