fbpx Amateurs | Gene Siskel Film Center
22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival



2018, Gabriela Pichler, Sweden, 102 min.
Zahraa Aldoujaili, Yara Aliadotter

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 8th 2:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 12th 8:00pm

"Wonderfully touching…One of the best films--if not the best film--at Tribeca this year."--Karen Han, RogerEbert.com

A town's once-thriving industries have been decimated by outsourcing, so the civic leaders sponsor a promotional film to lure a German megastore chain. When local talent is found lacking, they hire a well-known documentary filmmaker; meanwhile, two high-spirited high- school girls--Iraqi immigrant Aida (Aldoujaili) and Turkish immigrant Dana (Aliadotter)--set out to make their own, unauthorized version. The polished official version depicts a picture-postcard paradise devoid of non-white faces, while the teenagers' rough-edged report uncovers anxieties about immigration, non-union labor, and threatened local businesses. Written by leading Swedish author and activist Jonas Hassan Khemiri, AMATEURS uses raucous comedy and sharply drawn characters to deliver insights on the changing economic and ethnic realities of contemporary Sweden. In Swedish, English, Arabic, Tamil, Kurdish, and Bosnian with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of LevelK. (MR)

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