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Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere$
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Anna Westerstahl Stenport and Arne Lunde

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474438056

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438056.001.0001

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The Gothenburg International Exile Film Festival in Context

The Gothenburg International Exile Film Festival in Context

(p.94) 8. The Gothenburg International Exile Film Festival in Context
Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere

Boel Ulfsdotter

Mats Björkin

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores how in 1993 two Iranian immigrants to Sweden, Hossein Mahini and Hassan Mahini, launched a film festival in Sweden’s second largest city Gothenburg for films related to exile and refugee experiences, the Exile Film Festival. The programming of the festival represents the large range of exilic, diasporic, ethnic, immigrant, and refugee communities that are part of the contemporary public sphere. The festival also constitutes an overlooked elsewhere of cinematic programming outside of the main commercial, art house, or mainstream film festivals. It is also part of local, national, and international “ecology” of exhibition of non-Western films in general, and exile or diaspora film festivals in particular, including through the festival’s intervention into Gothenburg suburbs that rarely otherwise see this kind of cinematic programming. The chapter also discusses exilic cinephilia cultures in Sweden and the kinds of films that are screened at the festival. By so doing, it introduces a range of cinematic elsewhere.

Keywords:   Iranian, Gothenberg, festival, cinephilia, Sweden, Exile, Refugee, Mahini

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