Since its establishment, MAFF Industry Days has always been trying to spread knowledge about the world of cinema and the film industry by holding workshops that bring together filmmakers and experts in cinema from various countries, especially the Nordic countries and the Arab world. In 2015, the first workshop for critics was held under the title “Critics Without Borders” with the support of the Nordic culture point and Malmö City.
CRITICS WITHOUT BORDERS
The project highlights the role that film criticism can play in strengthening democracy and freedom of expression. The film critic’s task is to put the films and stories in an artistic, social and political context, and has the possibility to provide critical reflections and create broad discussions about pressing topics. The project is a cultural exchange in which film critics from the Nordic countries and the Arab World meet in Malmö to engage in seminars and workshops.
Critics Without Borders seeks to highlight the role that film criticism can play in strengthening democracy and the freedom of speech. The aim of Critics Without Borders is to disconcert such views. The project aims to show, discuss, and highlight how film and film criticism can be highly important in strengthening democracy and the freedom of speech. The problem that the project seeks to address is thus how film criticism can play a role in bringing about change and raise awareness about delicate political and social issues.
Critics without Borders – Nordic and Middle East 2021
Film critics from the Nordic countries and the Middle East participate in the Critics Without Borders workshop taking place in Malmö 30 September-4 October. During these five days, the critics will participate in both internal and public seminars, panel debates and master classes. With this workshop we want to create a sustainable network of Nordic and Arab film critics and provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas Strengthening democracy and freedom of expression. The project aims to show, discuss and highlight the importance of flm and flm criticism. The film critic’s task is to put the films and stories in an artistic, social and political context. It is also their task to provide critical recrections and create broad discussions about pressing topics. After three previous editions in 2015, 2017 and 2018, “Critics without Borders” focused specifically on critics from the Arab world, Egypt and the Maghreb region, and the 2021 edition will focus on critics coming from Five Middle Eastern countries (Lebanon – Jordan – Palestine – Syria – Iraq). “Critics without Borders” will continue to support the discussion and networking between Arab critics and their counterparts from the Nordic countries (Sweden – Denmark – Norway – Finland – Iceland).