Screening: Drottninglandet (The Land of Queens) (2015)

Cultural Centre Valve, Hallituskatu 7, Elokuvakeskus Studio, Kulttuuritalo Valve 2krs.

Lars Bergen and Elin Bergen's film The Land of Queens (2015) will be seen as part of the exhibition's parallel program. The film screening will be held as part of the exhibition guide open to the public at Kulttuuritalo Valve on Thursday 28 October. at 6:30 p.m. The guided exhibition tour starts at 17:00 in the lobby of Kulttuuritalo Valve. 
Admission to the show is free and the ticket can be purchased from the Kulttuuritalo Valve ticket shop. 
The promises of urbanization have called countless Swedes to abandoned their countrysides. Only a few tenacious dairy farmers have resisted and stayed behind with their struggling farms in an increasingly desperate economic climate. Mats-Åke is one of these men. He runs a family farm with the help of his wife Ampawan and her relatives who travel from Thailand to undertake seasonal work in the area. That’s the way it works for more and more farms in northern Sweden. Through “cooperative” marriages the agriculture business can continue, cultures come together, and the Swedish people can continue drinking their beloved milk.
The new inhabitants aren’t just bringing their religion, traditions, and cuisine with them from the East. They also have other ideas about love, family bonds and sexual identity. It appears that those traditionally red-painted farmhouses, the shimmering fields of grain, and docile dairy cows aren’t as “typically Sweden” as we might have thought at first. 
The screening will be carried out in cooperation with the Oulu Film Center.