Reidar Engesbak is originally from Bergen, but moved at an early age to Oslo, where he soon made his mark as a strong and radical journalistic voice in Blikk, the Nordic region’s longest-living queer magazine. He was early on active in queer groups like Pink Rebels and Ragr, and gained notoriety in the 90s with the performance group Genitalia and their national TV-segments. For more than 35 years he has been dj’ing under the name dj Deadswan, and several of his graphic works are part of the National Museum’s permanent collection.
Thea Hvistendahl is a Norwegian director. She has established herself as a creative and sharp storyteller with a strong characteristic visual style. She has won several prizes for her shorts and music videos. Her debut feature length film, a hybrid between concert, fiction and music video, The Monkey and The Mouth (2017), premiered in cinemas all over Norway to great critiques. Handling the Undead (2023) is her first feature and is based on the best-selling book by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Silvana Imam is a Swedish rap artist and actor, whose parents are from Syria and Lithuania. Before turning to music, she studied English and psychology at the University of Stockholm. She is the recipient of multiple Swedish Grammis’ Artist of the Year Awards, in addition to P3 Guld’s Live Artist of the Year, and Gaffa, Manifest and Musikförläggarna’s Lyricist of the Year Award. In 2017, the documentary about her, Silvana, Wake Me Up when You Wake Up, won Sweden’s Guldbagge Award for Best Documentary, and the following year she published her photobook, Silvana.
Last year, Silvana made her acting debut in Isabella Carbonell’s Dogborn, which world premiered at the Venice Film Festival. She is currently working on her next album, and this fall she will make her stage debut in Sunil Munshi’s modern musical theater version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – where she in the titular role also will perform new music.
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