Unusual perspectives on stigmatised subjects: Interview with Frida and Lasse Barkfors

GUNS: Jan Kinzl speaks with Frida and Lasse Barkfors on the third part of their social stigma trilogy, Raising a School Shooter.

(Translated from English by Google Gtranslate)

Raising a School Shooter, a documentary which follows the parents of three school shooters and looks at the very current topic from an unconventional perspective, is the final instalment in the trilogy about social stigmas by the Danish-Swedish filmmaking duo Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors. Following Pervert Park (2014) and Death of a Child (2017), the newest film had its world premiere during the Danish festival on documentary films CPH:DOX where it was nominated for two prizes – Nordic:Dox Award and Politiken Danish:Dox Award.

In this interview the directors open up about their creative process and personal bonds to not only their newest film but to the whole trilogy.

Raising a School Shooter, a film by Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors
Raising a School Shooter, a film by Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors

CPH:DOX selected your documentary Raising a School Shooter to screen in a real cinema in Copenhagen on May 6th. What does that mean to you in these troubling times when a vast majority of films does not have this chance to have a proper screening?
Frida Barkfors: It’s of course really, really nice and we’re truly glad for this opportunity. Actually we just found out that there won’t be any restrictions on the seating, so it‘s finally going to feel like a real screening.

Lasse Barkfors: We do put a lot of work into preparing the film for a cinema screening, so we’re happy that we actually have the opportunity to show the film on the big screen with the real sound. We‘re glad we got the chance to see it with the audience.

Frida Barkfors
Frida Barkfors

Raising a School Shooter is the third instalment of what could be called the Barkfors trilogy. In your films you try to look on the stigmatized subjects from a different perspectives and you give voice to people who are . . .

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