In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun is a creative documentary – and a multi-screen installation – presented through the eyes of a Syrian refugee, displaced from his homeland and now travelling across the Arctic landscape as he tries to come to terms with his feelings of loss and emptiness in this unknown land.
The narrator’s reflections are interwoven with the seemingly disparate lives of those he encounters on his journey: local residents in the village of Sakajärvi and the town of Malmberget who are undergoing their own experience of displacement, a Sami musician who collaborates with him, a Sami farmer who explains how they live in an shifting envrionment, and others who, like him at in search for answers.
As he travels through this extreme landscape of the midnight summer sun and the long winter night, will these new friends help him negotiate his past and discover his own belonging within this new world?
The narrator’s story interacts with the stories of other newly-arrived refugees who have been located in the north of Sweden, within the Arctic Circle.
Fleeing from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and the Congo, from the heat of the desert, across Europe to a midnight world of below zero conditions, these people are trying to build a new life in the unknown environment of the Arctic. Young and old, doctors and students, farmers and tailors, archaeologists and writers, they find themselves confronted by change. Isolated in the snow, the newcomers are trying to learn the language and customs of this new land while simultaneously trying to cope with their own mental health issues of trauma and displacement.