Sweden’s Golden Globe nominated filmmaker Ruben Ostlund told The Local Sweden why he produced a video that protests a new cooperation deal Sweden is about to sign with NATO.
For some background story, Sweden’s parliament is this month voting on a proposal to become a host country for NATO. The bid has sparked a stir in the traditionally non-aligned nation.
Ostlund made the video for his mum, who was taking part in a flash mob and wanted her son to film it, as Ostlund told Aftonbladet, Sweden’s biggest tabloid.
In the video, the ‘No to NATO’ activists are seen rehearsing a flashmob, which they later carry out in central Gothenburg while singing a traditional Swedish song and ‘Give Peace a Chance’.
“It was moving. She’s 71 years old and the grandmother to my children and I was touched by the fact that she and this group of pensioners wanted to make this statement together about something that’s important to them,” he said, speaking to The Local while working on his new movie, ‘The Square’, to be released next year.
“It’s a nice old-fashioned approach. They are not affiliated to any political party and are engaging in this together, which is rare today when people tend to position themselves individually.”