When: Friday, 31st of May 2019, 10.00 – 11.30 | Lengths: 58 minutes*
*after the screening:
Skype interview with the director Karin af Klintberg and discussion with the audience,
moderated by Papa Balla Ndong, Human Migration Expert | University of Valencia, Spain
What do you do when 3000 Somalis run over your small town in the backlands of Sweden, and McDonalds starts being called ‘Little Mogadishu’? Local journalist and jack of many trades Patrik Andersson has an idea: let sport unite the people. And so guys who have never known temperatures below 20 degrees become the national team for Bandy ice hockey of Somalia. Count on having some fun: they do for sure!
The teams’ players don’t live in Somalia any longer. They have immigrated to a small town in Sweden. None of the players have ever been on ice. The championship in Siberia starts in 6 months. Someone has clearly been thinking way outside the box.
Bravely doing something that hasn’t been done before: almost the real story of ‘Cool Runnings’: We will cry and we will laugh as we follow the team on their way to Siberia and (spoiler alert) when they score their first goal.
With help of two filmmakers Filip and Fredrik we follow the intense, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes very comedic struggle to get the team ready for the championship. Integration is tough. The little town of Borlänge has suffered a few industrial blows and unemployment is high. Support for the National Swedish Party (Sverigedemokraterna) is high.
When Patrik spends an evening at the pub with some friends talking about what can be done, they conclude that the locals love their football and they love their Bandy. Why not use sport as a bridge to get people closer to each other? Why not start the Somali national team in Bandy in Borlänge?
The film is about a group of young men who have fled the war in Somalia, ended up in Sweden and 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 and on overcoming them sometimes with a smile, an extra punch and a lot of training.