Sunday, 22nd September
PM at The Royal Film Commission - Jordan
and Karin af Klintberg, Documentary, 100 min, Sweden, 2015, Swedish,
Somali and English, Subtitled in English and Arabic
A group of young
men who fled the war in Somalia end up in a rural town in Sweden.
Integration there is tough and something needs to be done! Local
entrepreneur Patrik Andersson has an idea, why not use sport as a
bridge to get people closer to each other? And so guys who have
never known temperatures below 20 degrees become the first ever
Somali national team for Bandy ice hockey and make it to the World
Championship in Siberia. Bravely doing something that hasn't been
done before, they are determined to make it all the way to Siberia.
The road there will be bumpy, but knowing that they will be standing
on the ice, singing along to their national anthem, playing for
their country, gives them the strength to carry on. A story on
racism and fear, but also on overcoming them sometimes with a smile,
an extra punch and a lot of training.
The film has won
the Audience Award at Budapest International Documentary Festival
and the Audience Award at Hamburg Film Festival. It was also
nominated for the Audience Award at Amsterdam International
Documentary Film Festival.