Thaumazein – A film by Aleksander Motturi

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29th of January – hrs 17.30 at Bio Roy (world premiere)

30th of January – hrs. 15.00 at Haga 2

31th of January – hrs. 22.00 at Haga 2

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Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? When Peter Ekwiri—one of the dark spots in the history of Swedish migration politics—approaches Paul Gauguin’s universal questions, a line of flight taking us from Clandestino Festival in Göteborg on a journey full of wonder is activated. Out of a documentary narrative on how Swedish migration authorities dumped a Sudanese-Ugandan in Ghana, emerges a philosopher without documents, hovering over a system that is trying to sacrifice him on the altar of asylum politics.

Aleksander Motturi (born 1970 in Gothenburg) is the author of a number of essays, plays, and novels (including Filosofi vid mörkrets hjärta, Etnotism, Svindlarprästen). In his filmmaking debut, he combines his cross-disciplinary interest in literature and philosophy with his work as the artistic director of Clandestino Festival.

— In this film I have not attempted to defend Peter Ekwiri’s legal or even human rights; its purpose is not to provide an account of the state violence Ekwiri was subjected to when he was dumped in Ghana by the Swedish migration authorities. Several documentaries and reports have already been generated about the abuse of power, false language analysis claims, and police irregularities behind the deportation. Despite twenty years having passed since he fled unrest on the border between Uganda and Sudan, Ekwiri is still undocumented.

– Despite his travails being heavily documented, he is still without papers. But the film is not about highlighting new facts surrounding this violence as much as it is an attempt to give justice to Peter Ekwiri’s philosophical approach to Gauguin’s questions. This is why wonder – thaumazein, which for the Greeks is where philosophy begins – occupies a central role in the film. It constitutes in fact a subaltern line of flight, an attempt to escape.


A film by Aleksander Motturi, featuting Peter Ekwiri. | Camera: Aleksander Motturi, Luján Marco Gozalo, Damien Priest, Amanda Johansson, Linda Hofvander, Sergej Israelson, Jonas Eskilsson, Johan Erlandsson | Original narrative read by Nina Zanjani | Music: Mutamassik, Hahn & Hauschka, Tori Ensemble | Quotes from Andreas Rocksén & Erik Sandberg: “Fortress Europe III Out They Go”, Laika Film & Television 2001, “Ordet som lögndetektor” read by the poet Ulf Karl Olov Nilsson at the opening of The Peter Ekwiri Case Museum | Sound mixed by Auditory | Grading: Tommy Spaanhede | Produced by Clandestino Institut with kind support from Svenska PostkodLotteriet | © Clandestino Institut 2014