Silvana - Wake Me Up When You Are Awake

Program Section: European Panorama Documentary | Documentary Film | Austrian Premiere Languages: Swedish / English with English subtitles “Let’s smash patriarchy!” shouts the Swedish rapper Silvana Imam to her audience. Her raps are raw and autobiographically influenced, often revolving around sexual identity. Having come to Sweden as a child – Syrian father, Lithuanian mother – she addresses her background as an immigrant as well as the socio-political state of Sweden. The documentary portrait begins in 2014, the year of her musical breakthrough, accompanies her rapid rise as a lesbian, feminist and anti-racist “punk rapper” with no inhibitions about speaking her mind, but also the course of her relationship with the Swedish pop artist Beatrice Eli. SILVANA is a political music documentary that appeals not only to dedicated fans. A strong film about a courageous protagonist, who fights for a better world with her powerful music. The film is presented during the festival opening on 25 April with the protagonist Silvana Imam present, who will perform a live concert on the opening evening, starting at 11 pm in the OK Deck (admission free).

European Panorama Documentary · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2018
Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis
Sweden 2017
91 minutes
Swedish / English
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis
Cinematography Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis
Editing Charlotte Landelius
Sound/Sounddesign Mira Falk, Brian Dyrby
Music Therese Helgesson
With Silvana Imam, Beatrice Eli
Producer(s) Stina Gardell, Anna Weitz
Mantaray Film
Austrian Premiere