The Swedish minister for culture and democracy has expressed joy over the large turn out of countries in this year’s Stockholm International Film Festival.
”This shows the potential of this art form to unite people from different countries and different cultures”
The minister, Alice Bah Kuhnke, while delivering her opening speech at the occassion in Stockholm said ”I am impressed by the program of the 26th Stockholm International Film Festival. 190 new films from 70 different countries shows that Stockholm can indeed offer a festival of global importance”
She said Stockholm International Film Festival demonstrated courage and fulfilled the ambition to be a truly contemporary festival in tune with the times.
She explained that the fact that the organisers have chosen to put this year’s spotlight on one of the most burning issues of today – migration – also underlines the relevance of this festival. ”And since the Stockholm festival has activities all year around, what is shown during these intense weeks in November, will resonate during the whole year”.
”It is my conviction as minister for both culture and democracy that film can give good preconditions to strengthening freedom of speech and thereby help building a stronger democratic society. Consequently, the Swedish government proposes to introduce this as an objective for the new Swedish film policy”
While commending the organisers of this year’s event, she said ”from the festival’s program, it is clear that many important experiences await the audience of the Stockholm Film Festival. I can’t think of a more inspiring context than a film festival to discuss life and the world as it is today”