Scene from the film Moments of Silence
Scene from the film Moments of Silence
Scene from the film Moments of Silence
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Moments of Silence

  • Sweden

At certain times, dates and places, pedestrians halt, traffic stops and silence ensues. For just a moment, generally counted in minutes, the world is a frozen arrow pointing at the thought of something important, so important that it should never be forgotten. As a meditative memento on the importance of a collective memory, we have compiled a series of these moments into a film. Together these sampled minutes of silence reflect one of few activities that bring people together regardless of religion, race or cultural background.

The archival material outlines a mute history of tragedy and grief, often staged against a backdrop of natural disasters and violent conflict. But the footage is also a reminder of the stoic nature of humans, never accepting the horrors of terror attacks, war or rogue killers.


  • Original Title
    Moments of Silence
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Mats Bigert, Lars Bergström
  • Editing
    Dino Jonsäter
  • Sound
    David Österberg
  • Runtime
    14 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Sweden
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • World premiere at CPH:DOX 2014
    • IDFA, Paradocs, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2015
    • XII SITAC conference Arte, Justamente, Centro Cultural del Bosque, Mexico City 2015
    • Göteborgs Film Festival 2015
    • Docpoint, Helsinki 2015
    • TEMPO Documentary Filmfestival, Stockholm 2015
    • Cabinet, New York 2015
    • Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York 2015
    • The Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm 2015
    • Busan Short Film Festival, Korea 2015
    • Documenta International Film festival, Madrid 2015
    • Oberhausen short film festival with Filmform 2015
    • Docville International Film festival, Leuven 2015
    • Nordic Docs, Oslo 2015
    • Dokufest, Kosovo 2015 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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