Alumni Network Toolkit: LGBTQI in film

Sweden has a long history of voicing queer people in film, already in 1917 the first film with queer content was released – Mauritz Stiller’s Vingerne. Along with the passage of time and changes in society, the film industry has become more and more progressive. During the past decades the representation of LGBTQI people in Swedish film has increased.


The Swedish Institute and Cinema Queer International Film Festival present a film programme offering a wide range of perspectives, This toolkit includes recent films with an LGBTQI theme that can be borrowed from SI and shown at film festivals or other occasions.

Instructions and manuals

Step by step manual (further down on this page)

Application form

Regulations (important to know!)

Reporting Instructions

Building blocks

The films

Something Must Break

A love story between two young men where one is the androgynous Sebastian and one is Andreas who is not gay. They form a unity. It’s them against the polished Swedish Ikea-society. They dream about escaping boredom and the risk of becoming what everyone else is. And then there is Ellie – the superwoman growing inside of Sebastian who Andreas loves and fears.
Genre: Feature
Year: 2014
Duration: 80 minutes
Subtitles: English

Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves

A powerful drama about love in the shadow of AIDS, written by renowned Swedish author Jonas Gardell after his bestselling series of books with the same title. The series has won Swedish Kristallen Award, and the Audience Award at the Séries Mania Festival in Paris in April 2013, in competition with series such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
Genre: Drama
Year: 2012
Duration: 3 x 58 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Just a Normal Person

Some people are born into the wrong body. Sam is one of them. This touching film is about everyone’s right to be who they really are. This film is Sam’s story.
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2015
Duration: 58 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Step by step manual

  1. Choose a film in the film from the list below.
  2. Reach out to the embassy in your country. Every embassy has one appointed person for the Swedish films. If you do not know anyone at the embassy where you live, email SI at to get this person’s name and email address. Ask this person if you can borrow the film you want to show, referring to the Alumni Network Toolkit. The embassy staff is completely responsible for the films, so you need to report back certain things such as number of participants and how it went.
  3. Make sure you read, understand and comply to our regulations that come with the license for the film. They are to be found in the toolkit above.
  4. Find a suitable venue with all necessary equipment such as projector/screen and a player that is compatible for Blue Ray (we suggest you try the player in advance, the Blue Ray CDs look like normal DVDs but are different. If you have an older DVD player it might not be adapted for Blue Ray CDs).
  5. Set a date and time, be sure you can send in the application form for funding at least five weeks before the event takes place.
  6. Create a page for your event so that people can register. We suggest you use or a similar service.
  7. Post your event in the Sweden Alumni Activity Calendar.
  8. Send invitations to your members. If you need help with reaching out to new members, get in touch with SI who can help sending an email to their contacts.
  9. Have your event!
  10. Send in the report to SI, not more than two weeks after the event.

How to apply

Submit an application form to apply for this event.

How to report

Here you find the reporting instructions.


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