«We noticed quite early on that this year’s films would be a challenge to thematise»

NORDISK PANORAMA: Documentary programmers Cecilia Lidin and Hawa Sanneh on the festival's 32nd edition.

The 32nd Nordisk Panorama kicks off on 16 September and moves through 21 September in Malmö, Sweden.

A full-fledged film festival, industry event, and meeting point for filmmakers, distributors, financiers, and audiences alike, Nordisk Panorama has existed since 1990, growing into a full-scale meeting place for the professional Nordic short film and documentary community.

Modern Times Review spoke with Nordisk Panorama documentary programmers Cecilia Lidin and Hawa Sanneh on the challenges, trends, and current Nordisk Panorama experience.

«This year we believe that people dared to explore more, both in their history but also their surroundings.»

This year’s festival has a strong focus on climate action and sustainability, particularly across the documentary offerings. Can you explain why did you decide for this topic to be a focal point for the 2021 festival?
The climate issue is definitely one of the major topics that we point out in this year’s range. It is an issue that is constantly topical and is gaining more and more space in the public sphere. This year, we have actively worked to create a space for that topic but it was important that we allow other topics to coexist as well. Other topics seen in this year’s festival are friendship, womanhood, identity, . . .

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