Anna Serner
Anna Serner, CEO of Filminstitutet Credit: Anna Serner, CEO of Filminstitutet

Swedish stars of stage and screen speak of sexual harassment and assault

6:12 min

This week, 456 actors in the Swedish film and theatre industries protested against systemic sexual harassment and detailed their personal accounts in the newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet.

Lena Endre from the Millennium films and Sofia Helin from the TV-hit The Bridge were just two of the hundreds of actors who signed onto the article.

The #MeToo campaign to denounce sexual harassment and assault has spread across the globe, in the wake of allegations against TV, film, and other powerful personalities. Even Sweden, which is cited as a global leader in terms of gender equality, has been part of the movement.

Many leaders in the film and theatre as well as in politics have reacted strongly to these reports.

Sweden’s culture and democracy minister, Alice Bah Kuhnke, called for a meeting with the country’s theatre heads to find out how that have been handling the accusations and what they plan to do moving forward.

Anna Serner, the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute which provides funding for the production of movies, said she was shocked about some of the accounts, but not surprised that #MeToo campaign has come to Sweden.

"What they encountered just doing their jobs is unacceptable," she said. "We need to change the power."

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