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Short film day at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation

Date: 21 Dec
Time: 17:00 – 20:00
Where: Index – Kungsbro Strand 19
Free / Gratis
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Index is happy to present the premiere screening of a new short film by Axel Petersén, 6 degrees of Mustafa Arhan.

“It is about oriental rugs. It is about strangers and tricksters. It is about Sweden. It is about you and me.”

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6 DEGREES OF MUSTAFA ARHAN (Axel Petersén,2016, 17 min)

6 Degrees of Mustafa Arhan följer den orientaliske mattförsäljaren Mustafa Arhan, en 84 årig Malmölegend som allt som oftast figurerar i Malmö-sektionen av svenska damtidningar. Under 40 års tid har han varit / spelat den exotiska fågeln i Malmö socitén, en gentlemännens gentleman i arbetarstadens villakvarter. Livet i Malmö har varit gott, men Arhan har ett orosmoln som hänger över honom. Under tio års tid har han bedrivit en kamp mot lokala mattsvindlare / mattskojare, folk som utger sig för att vara Mustafa Arhan och säljer maskingjorda (dvs icke äkta) mattor i hans namn. Utöver Arhans levnadsöde rör filmen även bredare frågor så som exotisism, orientalism, kulturell assimilering, viljan att passa men samtidigt sticka ut.

6 degrees of Mustafa Arhan portraits the oriental rug dealer Mustafa Arhan, an 83 year old Malmö legend often frequented in the Malmö section of various Swedish society pages. For over forty years he’s been, or been playing, the exotic other in Malmö’s high society; a gentleman’s gentleman in the posh part of town of the windy working class city. Malmö has been treating him well, but he has one problem; for the past ten years he has been fighting local carpet swindlers, pretending to be him or his son, going round Malmö, knocking doors, selling machine made (false or imitation) rugs. This charade must come to an end. The film explores, beyond Arhan and his local struggles, themes as exotism, orientalism, cultural assimilation and the urge to fit in but at the same time stick out.

The film will be screened starting every 20 minutes.

Axel Petersén (born 1979 in Stockholm) is a visual artist and filmmaker. He has produced several feature and short films, video and photography installations that were shown in exhibitions and screenings in galleries and museums, film festivals and cinemas worldwide. He studied at FAMU – Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles

The screening is part of Kortsfilmsdagen 2016 and presented with generous support of the Swedish Filminstitute.