How does a community of Somalis fleeing the war in their home country introduce themselves to their new neighbours in a small, rural Swedish town? For the recent migrants to Borlänge, the answer is: strap on some ice skates for the first time in your life and play hockey! In the face of a trepidatious community—struggling with job loss that came with changes to the industrial landscape and finding answers in the right wing nationalist party—one group of determined Somali immigrants decide to face xenophobia with sport. With laughs and feel-good buoyancy, the team slips all over the ice in its quest to become the first-ever Somali team at the “bandy” style of ice hockey World Championships. A popular hit in Sweden, Nice People is a serious and affectionate look at what takes place when migration ends and integration begins.
In English, Swedish and Somali, with English subtitles.
Filmmakers Anders Helgeson and Erik Persson will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A on February 13, 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a special Family Day screening on Monday, February 15, at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free for those 16 and under.