The Feminist

THE FEMINIST – A Swedish Inspiration

In her native Sweden, everybody has an opinion about feminist trailblazer Gudrun Schyman. Some see her as a superhero, others as a villain – but most would agree that she’s been one of the most influential politicians of the past decades.

Gudrun Schyman has been through all the ups and downs of political life: from humble beginnings in a blue-collar family grappling with her father’s alcoholism, becoming a social worker, rising to lead the Leftist party to record election results; publicly shamed for her struggles with addiction; overcoming her demons, and founding Europe’s first feminist party.

Through it all, Schyman has remained fiercely, unapologetically feminist, constantly working to raise the bar for equality in Sweden and internationally.

THE FEMINIST follows Schyman through daily life and political breakthroughs. With cameos from supporters Jane Fonda and Pharrell, the film paints a personal and political portrait of the woman behind the headlines, as she meets with women in small towns in Sweden, travels to refugee camps in Greece, and organizes a movement in the corridors of power in Brussels.

Everywhere she goes, Schyman lights the fire of fellow feminists, blazing a trail forward.

At this point in time – when politics is at the top of most people’s minds, and women are running for office in record numbers – it’s vital to document the experience and legacies of the women who have spent their lives on the barricades and in the corridors of power, laying the groundwork for the future.



Gudrun Schyman
Anna Schyman
Amanda Mogensen
Jacques Öhlund
Lasse Westman
Dan Schyman


Producer Helene Granqvist
Director & DoP Hampus Linder
Editor Amalie Westerlin Tjellesen
Music Composed and Produced by Katharina Nuttall & Linus Andersson
Executive Producers First Hand Films
Esther Van Messel & Gitte Hansen
Editing Consultant Lena Runge
Color Grading Johan Eklund
Sound Design Robert Sörling & Claes Lundberg
Rerecording Mix Martin Sandström
Stills Jenny Baumgartner



DOC NYC, New York City; 10th of November 2018 (International Premiere)

Athena Film Festival, New York City; 3rd of March 2019.

DCIFF, The D.C. Independent Film Festival, Washington D.C, 8th of March 2019

VIWFF, The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival; 8th of March 2019 (Canadian Premiere)


Running time: 90 minutes

Screening format: HD
Director: Hampus Linder
Producer: Helene Granqvist
Production Company: Nordic Factory Film & TV Sweden, 2018.

Sales agent First Hand Films
Esther Van Messel

Press contactKauraisa PR
Petra Kauraisa

Funded by

Svenska Filminstitutet
Film i Skåne
Sveriges Television
Film i Dalarna



English press kit (pdf)

Gudrun Schyman lockar dokumentärfilmare– an article in the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet

Schymans liv blir film i Skåne – an article in the newspaper Sydsvenskan

Photo by: Jenny Baumgartner

Photo by: Jenny Baumgartner

Photo by: Jenny Baumgartner

Photo by: Hampus Linder


Photo by: Hampus Linder

Photo by: Jenny Baumgartner