ADE ✕ IDFA SPECIAL: SILVANA
In collaboration with IDFA we’re organizing an evening during Amsterdam Dance Event focused on women in the patriarchal music industry. Starting with the screening of Silvana (international premiere IDFA 2017) about Swedish hip-hop artist Silvana Imam – a “power pussy” seeking to smash patriarchy with her anti-racist, feminist raps – followed by a panel talk.
Docu screening start at 18:45 and panel talk starts at 20:30.
Hosted by feminist writer Sophia Seawell and featuring guest speakers:
• Swedish hiphop artist Silvana Imam
• Canadian DJ, promoter and producer Cindy Li (Ciel)
• (more to be announced)
“Let’s smash patriarchy!” Swedish hip-hop artist Silvana Imam shouts through a megaphone, and hundreds of hands shoot into the air. Her raw raps are autobiographical and strongly focused around sexual identity, politics and her own immigrant background—her father is from Syria, her mother from Lithuania. Silvana arrived in Sweden at an early age, and the documentary contains video footage of her as a child. She describes herself as a lesbian, feminist and anti-racist punk rapper, and calls Sweden a disgusting country: a conservative nation bursting with xenophobia. We also see her perform at the Way Out West festival, where she makes fun of Neo-Nazi’s: “Go kiss your fucking swastika!” Silvana starts in 2014, the year of her breakthrough, revealing someone who is both arrogant and insecure. The film also documents her romance with singer Beatrice Eli—also a “power pussy” who makes music for and about women.