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News, 5/17/2017

Nordic Film Festival on 24-27 May

The Embassies of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark are organizing Nordic Film Festival on 24-27 May at the Alliance Francaise. The theme of the festival this year is youth, which has become a key priority both in Europe and Africa. The festival is about the youth and for the youth, and hopefully encourages discussion on the position and future of youth in a global world.

The programme of the festival is following:

Wednesday 6pm:

DENMARK: This Place We Call Our Home (2015) 30 min, followed by a panel discussion

War is often perceived as a bloody occurrence on the battlefield. Most young people nevertheless experience war as something remote and out of their control. War is a fear that they try to oppress to make their lives continue. This documentary portrays how the war in Ukraine influences the daily life for young people how are not at the front. In the summer of 2014, the two young directors went to Ukraine, Crimea, to document how the war influences the daily life of young people.

Panel discussion: how to use the full potential of youth?

The topic will be discussed by young and inspiring professionals from different backgrounds:

- Martine Jahre, former exhange participant and trainee at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa

- Mehret Okubay, The Yellow Movement AAU (Moderator)

- Musa Frimpong, Field Officer for African Unioin Youth Volunteer Corps

- Selam Kebede, Tech-entrepreneur specialist, Senior Associate for Africa at Seedstars World

- Yohannes Mulat, Sculptor, Painter and Visual Artist

Panel discussion takes 1,5 hours including Q&A.

Thursday 6pm:

NORWAY: Kon Tiki (2012) 118 min

The Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsawood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the ocean and settled on Polynesian islands. After financing the trips with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101-day-long trip across 8000 kilometers, while the world was waiting for the result of the trip. The film tells about the origin of the idea, the preparations, and the events on the trip.

Saturday 2pm:

FINLAND: Hobbyhorse Revolution (2017) 90 min, followed by a hobbyhorse race

Hobbyhorse Revolution is a funny and moving film about the power of imagination and the strength of a community. The film follows three young girls, Aisku, Elsa and Alisa whose lives have been transformed by their new interest: hobbyhorses. Despite a lack of understanding by some, the girls bravely and spiritedly pursue their hobby. Playing with hobbyhorses is a traditional children’s activity, but today’s Finnish teenagers have created a versatile hobby around it, raising the scene to a whole new level.

Saturday 6pm:

SWEDEN: Martha & Niki (2016) 90 min

In 2010 Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos took part in the biggest international Street Dance Competition, Juste Debout in Paris. It was the first time ever two women became World Champions in Hip Hop. This film depicts their love of dance, each other and about friendship put to the test. About desires, yearning and finding the right path in life.

Sunday 2pm:

 Dance workshop by Niki Tsappos, Juventus Sports Club

Who can participate? Everyone is welcome! The workshop is for free.

How? Please send an email to to confirm your attendance. You can sign up on the spot as well, in terms of space (we have about 25 spots). Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Who is Niki? Niki was born in Addis Ababa in 1984 and moved to Sweden a year later where she grew up with dance as her biggest passion. Dancing later became her profession and has taken her all over the world. Apart from hosting the workshop, Niki is participating in the screening of the documentary "Martha&Niki".

More information about the workshop: Malin Hellström Samuelson,

Entrance to all screenings and side events is free. Welcome!

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Updated 5/23/2017

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