el Documental del mes January 2019


Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring & Christina Tsiobanelis

2017 91 min.

Original Version in Swedish with Catalan and Spanish subtitles

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Technical specs

    • Directors: Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis
    • Producers: Stina Gardell, Anna Weitz
    • Editor: Charlotte Landelius
    • Sound design: Mira Falk, Brian Dyrby
    • Dramaturgist: Hanna Lejonqvist
    • Composer: Therese Helgesson
    • Graphic Design: Parasto Backman
    • Colorist: Nanna Dalunde
    • Post Producer: Mattias Valenca
    • International Premiere: IDFA 2017
    • Age rating: Not recommended for children under 7



With her uncompromising lyrics against all forms of oppression, Swedish rapper Silvana Imam has taken Scandinavia by storm. She uses her razor-sharp tongue to spotlight movements taking place in today’s society, embodying the voice of a new generation along the way. This film follows Silvana from underground artist to icon, as she wins several major awards and forms an almost mythical relationship with Swedish popartist, Beatrice Eli.

However, after just one year in the limelight, it all came to a sudden halt. Silvana crashes under the pressure, fed-up with the implications of being labeled a “strong female.” She decides to start showing new sides of herself “because there are no super-heroes, just human beings.”

About direction (Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring & Christina Tsiobanelis)

Mika Gustafson (b. 1988), Olivia Kastebring (b. 1987) and Christina Tsiobanelis (b. 1987) met during film studies at Fridhem Folkhögskola and have formed a trio that enables them to work with their own innovative style. Previously, they have directed short films and music videos. Silvana is their feature debut.

Awards & Festivals

  • Best Documentary Award of Guldbagge Awards – Sweden, 2018
  • Official Selection. IDFA - The Netherlands, 2017
  • Official Selection. Sheffield Doc Fest - United Kingdom, 2018
  • Official Selection. CPH: DOX - Denmark, 2018
  • Official Selection. DOK.fest München - Germany, 2018
  • Official Selection. Toronto LGTB Film Festival - Canada, 2018
  • Official Selection. DocsBarcelona - Spain, 2018
  • Cleveland International Film Festival - USA, 2018
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Greece, 2018
  • DocPoint Helsinki - Finland, 2018