Elimination of racial discrimination day

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Highlighting the Human Rights Issue of Racial Discrimination

This event is now over but feel free to watch the recording, read more and  explore our movie and podcast suggestions here!

We are proud to present you the second event of this 2021 Edition of the Film Festival. This day – and the week after – will be dedicated to the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Throughout 2020, numerous events have demonstrated the need to continue to work against racial discrimination. If the United States are often mentioned when it comes to this issue, European countries, including Sweden, also have to address racial discrimination on their own territories.

On March 21st, we encourage you to see the 2016 film “Stay Woke : the Black Lives Matter Movement Documentary”. In light of the film, we host a panel discussion during which you will have the opportunity to hear experts comparing racial discrimination issues in both Sweden and the US. For a full experience, we encourage you to watch the documentary at 17.00, before the panel discussion.

The movies [All films in English or with English subtitles]

Movie 1: ‘Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement’

On March 21 at 17.00 CET, we recommend that you see Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement, a 2016 American television documentary film. It stars Jesse Williams and is about the Black Lives Matter movement and describes the events that led to its uprising. The phrase “stay woke” refers to a continuing awareness of issues concerning social justice and racial justice. It came to widespread use as a result of Black Lives Matter. The “Stay Woke” documentary offers a deeper understanding of how the movement was created and what are its means of action.

See the film

After you have seen the film: check out the panel discussion:

The panel [in relation to Stay Woke]

Join discussion here

The panel discussion will take place online, at 17.45. Please, sign up for the event to attend.

Irene Molina is a Professor in Human Geography at Uppsala University but currently residing in the US. She is also a researcher at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism of Uppsala University. Irene is the author of many books and publications on racism, discrimination, gender and intersectionnality.





Aysha Jones is the founder of Black Lives Matter Sweden and a disruptor in the fashion and beauty industry. She is the CEO of By Aysha Jones, awarded for both her entrepreneurship and activism and blogger at one of Sweden’s largest magazines. Aysha lectures on issues regarding discrimination, antiracism and improving CSR by diversity. She is also speaking on issues regarding antiracism on some of Sweden’s biggest media outlets where she’s often invited as a expert commentator.
Photographer: Daniel Stigefelt


Morten Kjaerum – Moderator of the panel
Morten Kjaerum is the Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and was a member (2002-2008) of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and its follow-up rapporteur from 2006-08. He is currently also Chair of The Board of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles.





Movie 2: ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

Judas and the Black Messiah premieres in Sweden on March 19. The Swedish Human Rights Film Festival will screen this film at Kino, Lund. It is a dense and dramatic thriller inspired by the true story of the shocking murder of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. FBI Attorney William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping track of their charismatic leader, Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). O’Neal is a professional criminal who completely loses himself in the risk of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons) at the FBI.

Watch the trailer

Friday March 19:  Kino 19:45 (premiere) (Kino 1)
Saturday March 20: Kino 19:45 (Kino 1)
Sunday 21: Kino 13:30  (Kino 1)
Wednesday 24: Kino 18:00 (Kino 1)
Thursday 25: Kino 15:30 (90:-) (Kino 1)
Stream the film: On HBO Max (US only) 

Watch a video with Michael McEachrane, Visiting Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute  and Mr.Arthur Robinson Diakité  discussing the film.

See the director Shaka King talk about it