The Feminister

Viktor Nordenskiold

Sweden 2019, 85 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Swedish

Subtitles: English

Dutch premiere

Extraordinary portrait of Margot Wallström, Swedish minister of Foreign Affairs, who is mostly known for her feminist foreign policy and empathetic disposition. During her four years in office she causes a great deal of controversy by recognizing Palestine and criticizing Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, she faces serious threats and intimidation.

Synopsis

In a world that is still widely ruled by men, Margot Wallström tries to turn the tide by pursuing a ‘feminist foreign policy’ and putting women’s rights on the agenda whenever she can. The filmmakers follow her during her four-year term as Swedish minister of Foreign Affairs, and show how this combative woman has to find her place on the global political scene. She receives high acclaim for her political ideas but also meets with opposition. Every day, she receives death threats. She antagonizes Israel by recognizing Palestine, and she criticizes Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, she is secretly involved in negotiations between the United States and North Korea and endeavours to have Sweden elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. 

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Talkshows & debates

The Feminister: Q&A with Devika Partiman and Froukje Gaasterland (private screening)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:25

Q&A with Devika Partiman en Froukje Gaasterland (Dutch)

The Feminister: Q&A with Lilianne Ploumen

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 18:45

Katinka Baehr speaks with the Dutch politician Liliane Ploumen of the Labor Party (PvdA) about the film.

The Feminister: Q&A with former minister Hedy d'Ancona and writer Julia Wouters

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 19:00

This program is in Dutch.