Scheme Birds

by Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin

International Competition

(Sweden, Scotland / 2019 / 87’)

Gemma looks like an ordinary girl: she flicks through her Facebook feed, points out a guy on her I-Phone screen. But life has never gone easy on her. Growing up in Scotland, in a town that has now withered (after Margaret Thatcher’s government chose to demolish the steel mills, the main economic source up until the Eighties), in her life she has known nothing but violence. Against the backdrop of a place where you "either get knocked up or locked up", she and her friends fight for survival and against a desperate sense of defeat. A tragic feeling, but one that doesn't stop us from believing that in the future they too, like the birds tattooed on Gemma's skin, will be able to take flight.