Filmmaker in Focus: Bahar Pars 

Short films directed and starred by Bahar Pars. Total running time approximately 75 minutes. Bahar Pars will be present at the screening.

Ghetto Swedish

Aisatou is a racialised actress who has been employed for a voice job at an advertising agency. Everything seems fine at first, but Aisatou soon has to choose whether to follow the stereotype or refuse.

Orig. title: Rinkebysvenska
Director: Bahar Pars
Country: Sweden
Year: 2015
Duration: 11 min
Baby

It’s early summer night in Stockholm. The 34-year-old Emma and 16-year-old Joel bumb into each other on their way home. When night fades into morning, secrets have been shared.

Director: Lovisa Siren
Country: Sweden
Year: 2016
Duration: 30 min
The Turk Shop

At a creative firm somewhere in Stockholm, there’s a short break in a meeting. Cecilia relates an anecdote from a hen party, about a ‘Turk kiosk’ that turned out to be closed. Asal, relatively new at the workplace, questions Cecilia’s choice of words, and this seriously offends Cecilia. In the end it’s Asal who is accused of inappropriate behaviour.

Orig. title: Turkkiosken
Director: Bahar Pars
Country: Sweden
Year: 2017
Duration: 7 min
Bacha Posh

Iranian refugee Maryam and her mother end up in Afghanistan on their way to Europe. When her mom is killed by guerilla soldiers, Maryam is left to survive on her own. She dresses like a boy as a disguise, and unknowingly walks through a mine eld when the conservative sheepherder and soldier Ahmed saves her life and takes her in. An unexpected friendship/LOVE develops but Ahmed doesn’t know Maryam’s true identity, and Maryam learns that Ahmed had something to do with her mother’s death.

Director: Bahar Pars
Country: Sweden
Year: 2018
Duration: 13 min
Ariel

A girl is born with wings. When Filip and Anna first realize that their newborn daughter is not like other children, they react in wildly opposing manners. Anna considers it a miracle, while Filip sees it as a stigma. In order to survive as an adult, are we required to sever our connection to the magical?

Director: Linus Tunström
Country: Sweden
Year: 2018
Duration: 14 min