Sara is a young transgendered person who comes to Sweden to visit someone she knows. Even though Sara has come to Sweden legally, she is caught by the police on arrival and placed in the Swedish Migration Board’s detention center. As I see myself, it is about racism and transphobia within the Swedish legal system. The film is part of the “If We Had the Power” campaign produced by Newcomers Youth. The campaign highlights racism, homo-, bi- and transphobia, as well as other power structures within the Swedish asylum system. The campaign is based on real stories about the asylum process and activism.

Producer: Tine Alavi
Directed by: Haris Eloy and Tine Alavi
Production Manager: Adam Alian
Photography: Peter Nylund
Film and campaign distribution: Haris Eloy
Country of production: Sweden
7:32 minutes


“If We Had the Power” is a collection of campaign films made by Newcomers Youth. The films collectively reveal the way power is abused on young LGBTQI asylum seekers in Sweden by the government and government agencies regulating migration laws and policies.

The aim of the campaign is to address the mistrust and mistreating of young LGBTQI asylum seekers in Sweden who are subject to systematic racism and homo, bi, and trans phobia. The campaign offers a way forward by presenting recommendations made by LGBTQI asylum-seeking youth to politicians, decision-makers, and other relevant actors within the asylum and migration process in Sweden.

The campaign films are real-life stories and are told by LGBTQI youth who are or have been in an asylum process. Each month a new short film episode is released with a new person that tells their story.

Produced by: Tine Alavi
Co-producer: Haris Eloy
Campaign concept: Tine Alavi & Alexandra Politidis Palm
Photography and sound by Tine Alavi, Haris Eloy,  Andreas Paulsson & Peter Nylund
Edit by: Tine Alavi & Jad Nehmeh
Organization: RFSL Ungdom
Project: Newcomers Youth
Financer/grant by: Arvsfonden