Shifting Pictures: A Kiruna – A Brand New World

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An attempt at creating a utopian city serves as a hard-hitting reflection of today’s society.

Greta Stocklassa
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Northern Sami, Swedish, Arabic
Located more than 200 km above the polar circle, the Swedish mining town Kiruna is built on the world’s largest and most modern iron ore mining tunnel, which created a significant income for the Swedish government.

However, the city has started to collapse due to the mining. In order to save the industry, the city council, together with the mining company, has decided to move the town and all its citizens three kilometres to the east. In doing so, the town has turned a potential disaster into a great opportunity. The new Kiruna will be an even more progressive, even better society for the future. But is it even possible to plan an ideal world?

On the backdrop of a moving city, the citizens of the New Kiruna are fighting their own battles. We follow the teacher Timo, a local activist against the moving, the teenage Sami girl Maja who is discovering her family roots and cultural heritage, and Abdalrahman, a teenage boy from Yemen, who came to the town as a refugee and slowly realizes that it takes more than just a paper to become a Swede.

These seemingly disparate characters are facing the same questions as the city is looking for its place. They are starting their personal search for identity, values and a better future.

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A Kiruna premiered in 2019 in Visions du Reel festival in Nyon, Switzerland. Greta Stocklassa was raised in Prague in a Czech-Swedish family. In her teenage years her family moved to Stockholm, but she returned to Czechia again to study at FAMU.

A reoccurring topic in her films is identity, and her approach moves between documentary, fiction and experimental, often within the same film.