Svonni vs the Swedish Tax Agency

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Persister Shorts Program 1: Workforce
Streaming on Hot Docs at Home Thu, Apr 29, 2021 10:00 AM
Women’s work has always been ignored, underpaid and taken for granted. Domestic workers, farmers, artists, hairdressers, reindeer herders and strippers remind us that their labour is essential and that as taxpayers, voters and bosses, appreciation of their efforts may come by force.
Film Info
Country Listing:Sweden
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Shorts
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Maria Fredriksson
Producer(s):Ina Holmqvist
Writer(s):Maria Fredriksson
Editor(s):Maria Fredriksson
Fredrik V Thelander
Cinematography:Pia Lehto
Sound:Arvid Lind
Animation:Fredrik V Thelander


A Sámi woman fights for her right to claim a tax deduction against the purchase of a dog. Why the Swedish authorities fail to recognize the dog's use as a reindeer herding tool versus a pet opens up a larger discussion about Indigenous rights and economic discrimination in this humorous takedown of the Swedish government's ignorance of Sámi culture. Angie Driscoll

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