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On Transgressions in Ruben Ostlund’s Play

When Ruben Östlund’s film Play premiered in Sweden in November 2011, it became debated to an extent rarely seen for modern films. The provocative storyline has three white kids harassed and robbed by five kids who are a few years older than them. And black. On November 18th, a week after the premiere, Jonas Hassen Khemeri published an article called “47 reasons that I cried when I saw Ruben Östlund’s film Play“, which listed instances where the film was apparently racist. A heated, month-long debate followed, back and forth, over whether the film was . . .

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Frederik Bove

Frederik has studied History and Cultural Studies at University of Copenhagen and University of California San Diego. He is currently working for Copenhagen Architecture Festival x FILM.