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Directed by Ruben Östlund • 2011 • Sweden
Starring Anas Abdirahman, Sebastian Blyckert, Yannick Diakité
Based on real events, this provocative exploration of group and racial dynamics centers on a band of Black teenagers in Gothenburg who concoct an elaborate game of deception, manipulation, and humiliation in order to steal cell phones from white and Asian Swedish boys. Explosively controversial in Sweden for its interrogation of the relationship between race and power, PLAY finds Östlund at his most challenging and unsettling.