Culture & Society
SKMA, The Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism (SCAA) works to discourage and disseminate knowledge about antisemitism and other forms of racism. The organization is independent of all political and religious groups. With the exception of one-off grants for educational initiatives, SCAA receives no continuous government support: our operations are financed almost exclusively through the generosity of our donors and supporters. The Family Robert Weil Foundation are one of many proud supporters of SCAA.
She was called the Martin Luther King of Sweden. The documentary about Katarina Taikon portrays one of our most beloved author human rights activists. Through unique archive materials and interwiews with family and friends, the film Taikon tells the beautyful and sad story of one of the most beloved children's authors and Roma activists of that era - Katarina Taikon. The film is directed by Gellert Tamas and Lawen Mohtadi and is based on Lawen Mohtadis award-winning biography on Katarina Taikon ‘The day I will be free’. Taikon premiered 2015, and The Family Robert Weil Foundation where one of the proud supporters of the filmmaking.
The “College for Fashion and Textile Technology”, Shenkar in Israel was founded in 1970. Today, Shenkar offers academic degrees in design and engineering and even joint PhD programs with leading international education institutions. The Family Robert Weil Foundation awarded in 2016 three female students of Palestinian descent with sholarships directed to tutorial fees, literature and other supplies necessary to make it possible for them to fulfill their education.
‘The reality in which we live today is not yet fixed – but it soon will 1947 is the year before our now becomes now, when time is blurred and the clocks all lost or stolen. Remembering and forgetting are among the main forces in motion, along with nationalism and migration. This is where now begins.’ Filmmaker Staffan Julén will create a tapestry of events around the world from that very special year based on the book by Elisabeth Åsbrink. 1947, the year that gave birth to the concept of ‘crimes against humanity’. The documentary will consist of archival footage but also first hand stories by witnesses, survivors and scientists. In 2016-17 the Family Robert Weil Foundation have provided documentarist Staffan Julén with an initial support to make possible the pilot of this huge, important and wonderful project.
Tensta Konsthall is situated in Tensta outside Stockholm. In summer they arranges art camps for children and teenagers. They offer participants a one-week daytime camp under the guidance of a professional artist. The art camp revolves around specific mediums, themes, or the artist’s own practice. On the final day the audience is invited to see and experience the works made during the week. The Family Robert Weil Foundation is one of four external partners who has been part of making the summer activities possible.
Judisk Krönika. Jewish Chronicle is one of the oldest cultural magazines in Sweden. Since 1932, it has served as a forum for debate on xenophobia and minority issues, with tolerance and pluralism as key words. Meanwhile, the newspaper is aiming to be the premier provider of jew knowledge and culture in Sweden. The Family Robert Weil Foundation have decided to support the Chronicle in the making of their new podd, ‘Unge Meyers lidanden’ (The sufferance of young Meyer).
Falling in love with a politician - a documentary about Dov Chenin. 'I met Dov Khenin for the first time in 2003. I was a writer for a Tel Aviv cultural magazine and the editor told me that "there's a pretty interesting character named Dov Khenin who is nominated for Knesset by Hadash, the only Jewish-Arab party in Israel, and I think you should interview him.” This is how documentarist Barak Heymann talks about how he came in contact with Dov Chenin. Rosa Luxembourg Foundation and the Family Robert Weil Foundation are proud supporters of this project. Premiere is planned to 2018.
An Artist Book and Archive Project. Inspired by the Israel Folktale Archive, which gathers and publishes folktales from various communities in Israel, I gathered folktales from Sudanese and Eritrean refugees, the two largest asylum seeker communities in Israel. The stories were gathered orally, transcripted, edited and translated. The book will consist of 18 to 20 stories, all translated to four languages: Arabic, Tigrinya, Hebrew and English, and approximately 35 of Rokni’s drawings inspired by the folktales. This project is an attempt to recognize the asylum seekers as part of Israeli society by entering the folktales into the Israel Folktale Archive, where they will be catalogued and officially made part of the archive. All of the videos, sound recordings and transcriptions of the Eritrean and Sudanese folktales gathered in this project will be donated to the archive where they can be accessed and used for future cultural and linguistic research. The inclusion of these stories in the Israel Folktale Archive functions both as recognition and as testament to the place that asylum seekers hold in Israeli society, regardless of the continued threat to their civil status or ability to stay in Israel. Furthermore, the book will be distributed to various communities, including the asylum seeker communities, where they will continue to circulate and shape cultural life. Once Upon a Time, Movement will accompany a solo exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv in January 2018. The exhibition will consist of a video work and drawings based on the folktales. The Family Robert Weil Foundation is proud supporter of Elham Roknis Project.