CANCELLED: 2020 Out of Scandinavia Main Event: Film screening and lecture by Lawen MohtadiMarch 25, 2020 at 5:308:30 p.m.

TimeMarch 25, 2020 at 5:308:30 p.m.

Join us for a special screening of 2020 Out of Scandinavia Artist in residence Lawen Mohtadi's acclaimed documentary TAIKON: The Untold Story of a Roma Freedom Fighter, about the Roma civil rights activist and beloved Swedish children's author Katarina Taikon (1932-1995), who fought for the rights of nomadic Roma peoples both in the civic and artistic spheres. Taikon, who has been called "Sweden's Martin Luther King, Jr." in recognition of her important civil rights work, also wrote children's stories featuring a Roma girl protagonist named Katitzi, which has never gone out of print in her native Sweden. Mohtadi has translated a selection of these beloved stories into English, along with her biography of Taikon's life, under the title The Day I am Free, published in 2019 by MIT Press. Following a screening of the film, Mohtadi will be present for a Q & A with the audience about the film, about Taikon's life and works, and about civil rights in Sweden generally. Mohtadi, who is of Kurdish descent, is a Swedish author, filmmaker, editor and publisher, as well as an influencer of cultural and socially conscious journalism. Tonight's event is the highlight of OUT OF SCANDINAVIA WEEK, during which Mohtadi has been visiting classes and interacting with the campus community. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshment will be served.

The Gustavus Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence Program is proudly supported by the Marguerite Olson Pratt Out of Scandinavia Artist-in-Residence Program Endowment Fund established by Charlotte (Pratt) '86 and Henrik '88 Nordstrom of Minneapolis, Minnesota in honor of Charlotte's late mother Marguerite, member of the Gustavus Class of 1953, life-long educator, and avid promoter of all things Nordic.

PostedJan 29, 2020