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An Urban Christmas Saga

by Rebecka Gordan

As the wolf winter settles, the Swedes turn to home-felt traditions. Since 1975 we have watched the tale of "Christopher's Christmas Mission" on Christmas Eve, broadcasted by our public television and written by the beloved author and late film director Tage Danielsson. The short film tells the story of a young Stockholm boy who admires Robin Hood and his mission: to take from the rich and give to the poor. As in all tales, there is a message embedded. Whether that is on the irony of consumerism, the naivety of charity, the tragedy of city divides or simply the changes that can be made with a warm heart, is up to the viewer to decide. Enjoy the 23 minute piece here, and Happy Holidays!

Credits: Film still by illustrator Per Åhlin