My life my lesson is a raw yet tender documentary that follows 16-year-old Felicia over the course of two years as she is attempting to live a normal teenage-life, having been brought up witnessing her stepfather beating her mother. It's an intimate portrait of a family living with the scars of domestic violence and a young girls attempt to change her father. As he no longer lives with the family she tries to keep him on the straight and narrow through phone conversations and text messages, to her mother’s dismay. Felicia wants to heal the family but at the same time her wish to progress is made impossible by her self-harming and the sleeping difficulties caused by the violence. She finds support in her friend Cherifa, who is never far from her side, as they both try to come to grips with how to get by when the world around them feels to be constantly on the verge of erupting.
After her stepfather again threatens to kill her mother the family is being sent to a women’s shelter. As things are put on edge Felicia’s bravery is tested – will she stand up for her family and herself, and testify in court against her father? And will she be able to make him change once and for all?
Åsa Ekman, Oscar Hedin and Anders Teigen brings us a powerful, poignant and unsentimental coming-of-age documentary about a girl trying to change her father and heal her family whilst facing an immensely difficult inner struggle.
My life my lesson will screen in-competition at Budapest International Documentary Festival in the section Let's Face Our Parents. Selected as one of 36 docs among hundreds of submissions Åsa Ekman's My life my lesson will travel from Sweden together with Magnus Gertten's Every Face Has a Name to join the second run of this new and promising festival's diverse and top notch programme. We're very excited!
My life my lesson will screen in the Young Nordic section at Nordisk Panorama. Young Nordic is specially curated for children and young people but will also be of interest to anyone who is interested in experiencing films with a youth perspective.
The programme, an exciting selection of the best Nordic shorts and docs, has been curated by Nordisk Panorama together with BUFF Filmfestival. Films are screened in cooperation with the national school partnership. Anyone can attend a screening and school classes can book through 'Kulturprodcenten' www.malmo.se/kulturproceduren.
My life my lesson will screen at 1pm on September 22nd at Folkets Bio Malmö/Panora.
Hope to see you in Malmö!
We will screen My life my lesson in Almedalen together with TROTS women's shelter (Unizon) on July 1st at Folkets Bio Roxy in Visby. Screening starts at 6PM and is followed by a panel discussion (7.30PM) with Fredrik Malmberg, Barnombudsmannen, Ulf Johansson, Head of Police Stockholm and Gotland, Annika Hirvonen, Vice Chairman Department of Justice (MP) and Ann-Sofie Wetterstrand, Head of Social Welfare Ersta diakoni. See you there!
When: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Where: Vatn gård in Åsen, Norway
When: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Where: Pathé de Munt 12 *industry screening* in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Please note that this is an IDFA INDUSTRY SCREENING
When: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 07:15 PM
Where: Pathé Tuschinski 5 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
My Life My Lesson (+ Lucy Walker’s short film The Lion's Mouth Opens). Screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers Åsa Ekman, Oscar Hedin & Anders Teigen. This is the WORLD PREMIERE of the mid-length version of My life my lesson.
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