Covid, Tango and The Lagom Way

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Brought back to documentaries for the sake of the future of her children, filmmaker Claudia Nye travels to Sweden to learn about their unique Covid-19 strategy.

Trapped between the two extremes of Coronavirus deniers and lockdown fanatics, Nye is intrigued by Sweden’s approach: no lockdown, no school closures, no masks. She manages to secure an exclusive interview with Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, whose steely resolve not to buckle under world mainstream media pressure means – among other things, tango dancing is allowed in Stockholm!
This is a travel diaries style film encased in multiple windows exposing the array of conflicting evidence that has stemmed from the mainstream media, both from left and right wing sources, either damning or glorifying the Swedish approach to the novel virus.
“I will do nothing different this winter,” says Tegnell – while UK chief epidemiologist Chris Witty threatens to be the Grinch that steals Xmas, by imposing localised quarantines around the country. All the while, the middle screen will explore the Swedish “Lagom Way” (the happy medium) – as its people tread the pandemic with calm resolve, trusting their leader while actively participating in their followership, to the beat of his wise words: “This is a marathon, not a sprint”.

This journey is also a chance for Argentinian born Nye to dance the Tango for the first time in six months, a dance form that encompasses the relationship between leaders and followers, the tension between fear and trust.

Directed by Claudia Nye (USA)

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