On November 22, 2016 the representatives of the Swedish organization “Doris Film” took part in the Swedish lesson in grade 8 “L” of the grammar school 32. The lesson began with guests introducing themselves in Swedish. They also mentioned that they came from Gothenburg, the second largest city in the west of Sweden and the same city the pupils’ Swedish volunteering teacher Daniel Niklasson comes from. Then, the lesson continued in English.
A drama writer and gender activist Lisa Lindén and a film producer and a staff member of the largest Swedish TV- channel Sveriges Television Lis Svensson told Kaliningrad students about their work, famous Swedish directors and the film making process. The students learned about the project “Doris Film” that aims at supporting women in creative professions, including film industry, IT and media. The children were also introduced to the main notions of the UN Declaration of Human Rights that was used as a foundation for establishing “Doris Film”.
Then, the “Doris film” members told about their creative projects. One of them is the computer game “Alex and the secret of alchemist” designed for children by the team of female developers including female students from Skövde University. The storyline of the game comprises both recreational and educational components providing children with basic knowledge about different concepts in chemistry, physics, astronomy and other natural sciences. The game interface is available both in Swedish and English. As the Swedish guests mentioned, the game development is expected to be fully completed in spring the next year. Then, the pupils of the grammar school 32 will have an opportunity to test it.
The 8th graders had also a chance to see one of the short films created under the auspices of “Doris Film” Project. Lis Svensson told about her experience of working with it as a film producer. The film representing a musical pantomime was made in the contemporary European art genre of “new circus”. It was screened on numerous international film festivals all around the world. After screening, the students shared their impressions and asked Swedish guests different questions.
The visit by the Swedish delegation to Kaliningrad was made possible with the support from the Swedish Institute. The next year, “Doris Film” hopes to continue developing cooperation and contacts with local organizations, including the grammar school 32.