As a lot of you might know, I’m from Sweden – the land of IKEA, cinnamon buns and naked people. And growing up there, talking about gender and sex was encouraged, and of course helped shape my own ideas about feminism and sex.
Films like I Am Curious (1967) marked Sweden as a place where the sexual revolution had a place in cinema as well as in people’s beds. In an interview with David Frost, the famous (and later assassinated) politician Olof Palme said that of course pornography could be done in good taste, just like everything else. Years later, in 2009, came Dirty Diaries Mia Engberg, the series of feminist porn films that were even funded by the Swedish Government (to the horror of some foreign observers!), a triumph for the feminist porn genre.
But then, it got quiet again. From my home in Barcelona, I had the feeling that Sweden was now too scared to talk about explicit films. I was starting to worry that the conversation had stagnated for good, leaving little room for progress of the genre in Sweden.
That’s why I’m so happy to see that young women are fighting the fight back home, questioning the state of mainstream pornography and actively making the kind of films they would like to see themselves! Alicia Hansen and Zara Kjellner are making waves with their project New Level of Pornography. They’ve made their own film, “Female Fantasy” and they have gathered a bunch of sex-positive female led adult films for a screening tonight at Kulturhuset in Stockholm. They’re also showing my film “Eat With…Me“.
This screening at Kulturhuset marks an exciting shift of attitudes in Sweden. Discussions are opening up and most importantly women are creating their own films and speaking up against the tired representations offered by the porn norm. I can’t wait to see what these bright young women will do in the future. Below, see what the girls have to say about the project.
- Alicia and Zara, can you tell the readers a bit about the project?
- And what about your film, Female Fantasy?
- I think your screening tonight is a great sign that women’s efforts to create their own sexual narratives porn are being taken more seriously – what do you think?