Mantaray Film

Silvana (2017)


★ Winner Swedish Film Academy Awards for Best Documentary 2017 ★

An intimate love story and filmic journey through the first years of the career of a contemporary feminist icon.

With her uncompromising lyrics against all forms of oppression, Swedish rapper Silvana Imam has taken Scandinavia by storm. She uses her razor-sharp tongue to spotlight movements taking place in today's society, embodying the voice of a new generation along the way. This film follows Silvana from underground artist to icon, as she wins several major awards and forms an almost mythical relationship with Swedish pop-artist, Beatrice Eli.

However, after just one year in the limelight, it all came to a sudden halt. Silvana crashes under the pressure, fed-up with the the implications of being labeled a “strong female.” She decides to start showing new sides of herself “because there are no super-heroes, just human beings.”

April 4, 2018, Theatrical Release Denmark, distribution: DOXBIO, tickets and more info here:

★ Filmfestivals ★

IDFA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
DocPoint Helsinki, Finland
Docpoint Tallinn, Estonia
SEEyousound International Independent Film Festival, Turin, Italy - winner Best Documentary
!f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival, Turkey
Cineteca, Madrid, Spain
Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival, Greece
Outview FF, Greece
Tempo Documentary Film Festival, Sweden
One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
Vilnius Film Festival, Lithuania
One World Romania Human Rights & Documentary Film Festival, Bucharest
BUFF, Malmö, Sweden
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark
Docudays UA, International Human rights documentary film festival, Ukraine
DocLounge Finland
Nothern Lights, Belarus
Crossing Europe film festival, Linz, Austria
Dok.Fest München, Germany
CinéDOC-Tbilisi, Georgia
Beat Film Moscow, Russia
Jecheon International Music & Film Festival, South Korea
Vision du Réel, Switzerland
Kaunas IFF, Lithuania
Filmmor Women's FF, Istanbul,Turkey
Flying Broom, Ankara, Turkey
Oslo:Pix, Norway
By:Larm Oslo, Norway
Kinodvor Ljubljana, Slovenia
BY:LARM Oslo, Norway
Riviera Helsinki, Finland
Cleveland IFF, USA
Outview Queer FF, Greece
Kristiansand Int. Children FF, Norway
Docs Against Gravity, Poland
Kinodvor Ljubljana, Slovenia
Zurich FF, Switzerland
DocsBarcelona, Spain
Mardi Gras, Australia
Brisbane Queer FF, Australia
Melbourne Queer FF, Australia


Directors: Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis
Producers: Stina Gardell, Anna Weitz
Editor: Charlotte Landelius
Sound design: Mira Falk, Brian Dyrby
Dramaturgist: Hanna Lejonqvist
Composer: Therese Helgesson
Graphic Design: Parasto Backman
Colorist: Nanna Dalunde
Post Producer: Mattias Valenca
Swedish Theatrical Release: September 15 2017
International Premiere: IDFA 2017
World Sales: Rise And Shine

"Silvana" is produced by Mantaray Film in coproduction with Influence Film, Cristina Ljungberg, SVT K special, Daniel Pynnönen, Emelie Persson, Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen/Film Capital Stockholm, Lisa Widén, Film i Skåne, Lisa Nyed, Annica & Bo Uddenäs & Lillasyster Produktion, Jonas Mattson, with the support of The Swedish Film Institute, Antonio Russo Merenda, with the support of the Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA of the European Union, Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen, Beata Mannheimer, Filmbasen, Anne-Marie Söhrman Fermelin, Film Stockholm, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee & FilmCloud.

Festival Requests
The Swedish Film Institute: Sara Rüster,,
Josefina Mothander,

World Sales Agent
Rise and Shine World Sales, Stefan Kloos,

Distribution Sweden
TriArt Film: Eva Essen, 

Press material
Download here

Other requests
Mantaray Film: Anna Weitz,, Stina Gardell,

In co-production with SVT, with the support of the Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA of the European Union and Swedish Film Institute SFI.





Influence Film Club

Influence Film Club wants more people to watch documentary films and have meaningful conversations about them.

Visit the Silvana film page and download their Discussion Guide here.