From 4th - 12th June 2010, NISI MASA Sweden organised a documentary workshop on the theme Nationalities & Identities. The concept of the workshop was to invite filmmakers from 8 different countries to each make a documentary portrait of a Swedish person with whom they shared their national heritage. All films were made in each respective language.
The aim for this workshop was to seek out new perspectives on what it means to identify with a nationality. We found new ways of understanding Sweden and Swedishness, as well as general concepts such as that of belonging. But most of all we got eight interesting and personal portraits of people.
Apart from the eight portraits there were also be three teams making films that focus more on the city of Malmö. How does a city manifest it's national identity? What does the architecture, the fashion trends, the public meeting places, the traffic, say about a city and it's nationality? Could Malmö be anywhere in the world?
The participants, aged 18-30 came from: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chile, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Peru, Poland and Turkey.
This project was supported by the Council of Europe and the Youth in Action programme of the European Union