Recent articles on the activities of the Cinema:
Daily newspaper HD ran a piece in anticipation of the last screening, ‘Dags igen för solkraftsbio i Höja’, written by Henrik Berglind-Dehlin and found here
Elina Pahnke wrote a piece about the screening and the films shown, ‘Höjas soliga socialister konfronterar det radikalt annorlunda’, published on the ‘Culture’ page of local daily HD, here
Syndicalist weekly paper Arbetaren published an article about the cinema, ‘Skånsk utomhusbio på solceller femårsjubilerar’ (a follow-up piece to another article they ran about us five years ago), written by Andréa Hillgren and available here
As part of the re-structuring of our activities over the next five years, we’ll be discussing the question: what could a socialist cinema potentially be, and do, and mean? We’re looking for definitions and visions and plans for action, we’re aiming to better ourselves, and we’re asking you all for help to do this.
We’ve asked writers and thinkers to supply us with food for thought, to get the ball rolling. Meaning there will be some commissioned texts, which attempt to answer or go beyond the questions we’re posing. Coming shortly, right here on the blog, is an article by Frida Sandström (writer, producer, artist, and more), called Situated Images.
You are cordially invited to join the discussion!
Some images from the screening last week. Photos by Peter Nilsson who has been a regular visitor to the cinema since 2012.
A great big thank you to the audience, which temporarily swelled the ranks of our study group, and contributed some great conversations about the films shown.
It was a beautiful night.
The cinema has a library of reference books, which has been growing slowly over the years. All the books can be borrowed by the inhabitants of the village where we’re situated. We’ve discussed how to develop the library, and have looked at for example the work of seedbanks to come up with ideas (seedbanks lend you seeds, you plant them, grow something, then bring new seeds back to the bank the next year).
Some of our books, like Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard and The Resilient Farm And Homestead by Ben Falk, have discussed the replacement of annual crops with chestnut trees. Their arguments sound sensible, especially as trees are longterm traps for carbon dioxide.
From The Resilient Farm And Homestead by Ben Falk
Edible chestnuts have a hard time in most of Sweden, but here in the south there are many trees to be found – next to the entrance of Malmö Konsthall for example – and they also manage to produce nuts.
We found a tree just north of Höganäs which has survived for almost a century, and which also produces nuts of an OK size (most of the other trees we looked at had chestnuts the size of seeds). We left some of these chestnuts in a plastic bag in the fridge and forgot about them until springtime. By then they had all started sprouting.
We now have around fifty plants of edible-chestnut trees, to give away to visitors of the cinema. They’re on the shelves of the library, and if you take one home and plant it, you can bring us back a chestnut in five years time. We’ll be here, probably working on a new five year plan.
Screening coming up, on Wednesday July 19. It’ll be at our main facility in Höja. Facebook-page got details. We would love to have you all over for film and popcorn!
Local daily newspaper already ran an article in anticipation of the event. It’s illustrated with old photos from our premiere in 2012, when we was young an full of beans. Here, in Swedish.
This summer we’re doing a couple of screenings at our main facility in Höja. The program will include art videos and films from Lebanon, Yugoslavia, France, Turkey, and Krabstadt, from the early 1970’s up to the present. If you want to receive up-to-date emails about our activities, like info on screening dates, you can sign up here (Swedish) or here (English).
Now here’s an introduction to Whaled Women, by Ewa Einhorn and Jeuno Je Kim.
SchlopSchlop (SS) and KK are two annoying women who work at the Office of Developement in Krabstadt, a small town located in an undefined Arctic region where the Nordic countries have sent their Unwanteds.
One day a group of Whaled Women are stranded on Krabstadt’s shores,
after fleeing their sunken island. It is up to SS and KK to handle the situation. The Whaled Women are placed in Krabstadt’s Refugee Program that focuses on integration through work. However, things don’t work out as planned and when a group of Norwegian whale hunters are called in to the rescue, the inhabitants of Krabstadt have to face some tough decisions.
Whaled Women is the first in a series of short films to take place in Krabstadt.
Krabstadt is an edgy animated series that reflects current topics and events. Situated in the overlap between sitcom, animation and the fine arts, the project uses the potential of animation to be subversive, innovative and complex, while appealing to a broad audience.
Whaled Women was made in 2013, 9 min. Sweden