Sveekaar (Hindi) Acceptance —What are they to me? What am I to them?
A common belief has been, that the modernizing processes would involve a blind idea of a culture shaped by
the elite and given to the common people.
The film is based on the artist and musician Amit Sen's question: are there any more than me interested in art
here? For five years he ran an art project, with his neighbours, in a small village in south of Sweden focusing on these issues.
When the film begins, the project has been completed and I address Amit the question: in what way did you
articulate your question? How do you put this question in relation to how identity is shaped? And where do
we frame and shape identity?
We travel from Hammenhog to Kolkata (birthplace of Amit's father) and back. Amit is talking to me and everybody he meets, guided by the idea of finding places of conversational space and dialog.
Participating: Amit Sen, musician and artist
Project For the Arts - With the Times (F.K.I.T.): Amit Sen, Monica Eriksson, Linda Nilsson, Carsten Nilsson, Cecilia Strömberg, Miechael Strömberg, Jan Neuhauser, Fredrik Ekwall, Malin Svensson, Jan Persson, Heléne Sollerhag-Persson, Camilla Backman and many others
Project The Park: Sreejata Roy, New Delhi
Mrityunjay Chatterjee (Joy), New Delhi
Performed Music, all rights: Amit Sen
Song in Hindi: Krishna, taxidriver
Thanks tothe project F.K.I.T./Amit Sen and his neighbours in Hammenhög, Sweden
The Project The Park/Sreejata Roy and participants in New Delhi, India
Indian Coffee House, Indian Coffee workers co-operative society LTD, Kolkata
Mats Lindberg, Department of Oriental Languages, Stockholm University
Stefan Berg, Berg Images
Konstnärsnämnden - The Swedish Arts Grants Committee