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Free Speech Festival, Forum/Debatt 13-15 november 2018

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Free Speech Festival

English programme

13 november - 15 november 2018
Hörsalen, Foajé 3, Studion • Fri Entré

13 november

17.30-18.45 Hörsalen Free Speech - a Global Matter
The right to freedom of speech is unevenly distributed throughout the world. But at the same time, the internet has created the opportunity for a global arena. This can be used both to share evidence of human rights abuses far beyond the borders of the country, as well as a tool for surveillance and data trading by regimes and companies. What is the role of international community, politicians and the civil society in defending freedom of speech? Participants: Mats Djurberg, Secretary General of the Swedish Unesco Council, Tasneem Khalil, Swedish-Bangladeshi journalist and editor, Elisabeth Dyvik, ICORN Program Director. Moderator: Kerstin Brunnberg journalist, former chairman of the Swedish Arts Council and former CEO of Sveriges Radio. 

19.30-21.00 Studion Tech and free speech
From Internet optimism and the endless possibilities of the early noughties – to a public conversation increasingly shaped by evidence on how technology and social media is used for threats and repression of free speech. Can human rights be built into the technology that will form the basis for communicating and sharing information in the future? And what would be a generally accepted way to do it? In a discussion on how technology and freedom of expression relate to each other, we meet a panel with extensive knowledge of this complex issue. Sophia Bendz, a former marketing manager at Spotify, works on funding for start-ups and is  involved with, among others, Orten.io, which supports young entrepreneurs. Supriti Dhar built a feminist movement in Bangladesh through the blog Womens Chapter. Sarphan Uzunoglu has started the Medyapod podcast network as a response to the escalating censorship in Turkey. The panel is chaired by Marcin de Kaminski, Program Director of Civil Rights Defenders, and in the last 15 years a leading voice in Swedish public debate on issues regarding the Internet.

19.30-21.30 Hörsalen Screening and talk: Speed Sisters
Speed Sisters is the first female racing team in the Middle East. By weaving together life off and on the improvised race tracks we follow four women who drive straight into the male dominated Palestinian car racing scene. Come along for a challenging and fast ride in the occupied West Bank.
This is part portrait of a disparate group of women with a passion for racing, independence and freedom, part deep and insightful portrait of life in, and realities of, Israeli occupied Palestine.
After the screening Cherine Hussein, associate researcher at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), will moderate a discussion with Lucia Ardovini, researcher at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), and Sahar Mousa, Palestinian poet and editor from Gaza and Stockholm City of Refuge author.
This screening is part of a series of three films/conversations under the heading: Emerging images of resistance in the Arab world, organised by SIIA, as part of the Free Speech Festival at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern. 

21.30-22.00 Studion Concert: Russias forbidden voice: Mikhail Borzykin 
He is a poet, composer, musician, singer, activist and has been the front figure of the iconic Russian rock band Televizor for 32 years. Throughout his career, he has tested the limits of freedom of speech with his music, which you can say is a mix of new wave, synthpop and post-punk. Since 1984 he has recorded over 12 albums and organized and performed during protest concerts and environmental festivals such as FREE PUSSY RIOT FEST in Saint Petersburg. In 2017, Mikhail Borzykin became Sandvikens first Guest musician. During the evening he will perform his songs and between songs explaining their lyrics and messages. Languages: English and Russian

14 november 

17.30-18.45 Hörsalen Pussy Riot about resistance and art: Meet Maria Alyokhina
Maria Alyokhina
is a political activist, artist and member of Pussy Riot collective. After ‘Punk Prayer’ – a Pussy Riot performance of the song ‘Mother Mary, banish Putin’ in Moscow Cathedral on 21 February 2012 she was convicted of ‘hooliganism motivated by religious hatred’, sentenced for two years’ imprisonment and transported to a penal colony in the Urals, one of the hardest prison systems in the world. As a political prisoner she campaigned to improve the lives of her fellow inmates in the penal colony and continued her work as an activist and artist outside. She is a co-founder of the independent Russian media outlet MediaZona and actor with the Belarus Free Theatre.
"Riot Days" are now published in Swedish, a book in which she tells the story about their  performance and the years in prison. Moderator is Maria Georgieva, correspontent for Svenska Dagbladet in Moscow.  

17.30-18.30 Studion Tunisia, the Arab spring and democracy
The Arab spring started in Tunisia and there the historically strong union movement played a significant role in the outcome of the rebellion. In Tunisia the dictator was overthrown and free elections held, but unlike Egypt for instance, both secular and islamist parties have respected and upheld the rules of democratic politics.
The Tunisian author and scholar Hela Yousfi has recently published a book "Trade Unions and Arab Revolutions: The Tunisian Case of UGTT" (Routledge 2018) that traces the role of the UGTT (the Tunisian General Labour Union) during Tunisia's 2011 revolution and its aftermath. She will discuss the Tunisian labour movement, its relevance for the Arab spring, and the struggle for social justice in Tunisia today with Cherine Hussein, Associate Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).
This screening is part of a series of three films/conversations under the heading: Emerging images of resistance in the Arab world, organised by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, as part of the Free Speech Festival at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

19.00-21.00 Hörsalen Screening and talk: Amal
In this prize-winning documentary we follow the young and courageous Amal in her political and personal transformation during 6 years of rebellion in Egypt. Through her story this documentary reflects the experiences, dreams and traumas shared by a whole generation in their struggle for hope and justice. We are also confronted with the choices that arise when the struggle collides with the reality of power relations in Egypt.
After the screening the director, Mohamed Siam, is interviewed by Cherine Hussein, associate researcher at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).
This screening is part of a series of three films/conversations under the heading: Emerging images of resistance in the Arab world, organised by SIIA, as part of the Free Speech Festival at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

21.45-22.30 Studion From Mosul to Umeå - Basim Jamal
Basim Jamal
, musician, music teacher, writer and bookstore owner from Mosul started his musical course in a youth center in Mosul in 1978. His main instrument is clarinet, but he has also worked as a teacher in several different wind instruments, played in orchestras and directed. For many years he appeared at the Fine Arts Institute in Mosul. Since the mid-1990s, Basim had a bookstore in Mosul, Al-Rihab Bookshop. The bookshop was an important meeting place for many writers, musicians and other cultural figures in Mosul. The bookstore thus became a unique cultural meeting place for meetings and conversations about modern culture and literary issues. From September, 2017, Basim Jamal is a Guest artist/musician in Umeå in cooperation with ICORN. At Free Speech Festival he's gonna perform with his clarinet. Language: Arabic interpreted in English

21.45-22.30 Studion Cris Gera
Cris Geras
music is a mix of afro jazz, afro soul and afro pop, but he has also a history of producing traditional Zimbabwean music and gospel. He has been in the music industry since a very young age and got famous with singles "Going Crazy" and "Mangwanani Sanibonani (Good Morning)", which spread widely internationally and gave him his musical recognition. His music has been widely played in both Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe. He has released three full albums and several singles, and also collaborated and shared scenes with several artists from the African musicalite. Today he is in Piteå as a freelance musician and studies music at Framnäs Folkhögskola. Now he's visiting Kulturhuset for a gig with a full band during the Free Speech Festival. Language English

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