Aled (Rick Yale) is faced with an incredibly emotional dilemma when his sister tells him that his husband isn’t on the guest list to her wedding in Turkey.
Torn between alienating the sister he loves or doing something that goes against his own core values, Aled struggles to keep everyone happy.
Exploring the theme of conformity versus defiance – Involuntary Activist shows us how easy it is to stand for something in theory but what a different matter it is to stand for it in practice.
Filmed in Sweden, Involuntary Activist was written and directed by prolific short filmmaker Mikael Bundsen, a longtime protégé of Ruben Östlund (the internationally acclaimed director behind Force Majeure and The Square). His short Mother Knows Best (also available now on Dekkoo) competed at Berlinale and has won a number of awards, including the Iris Prize, and been screened worldwide, including Palm Springs, Thessaloniki and Sydney Film Festivals.
The Iris Prize is an international LGBT short film award open to any short film which is by, for, about or of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex audiences. It is awarded at the end of an annual festival held in Cardiff, Wales that includes screenings of the 30 competing short films along with screenings of several feature films and panel sessions with visiting film makers. In addition to the coveted Iris Prize, the winner receives £30,000 to make their next short film.
The 2017 Iris Prize was awarded to ‘Mother Knows Best‘ from Swedish director Mikael Bundsen.
Iris Prize jury chair Brian Robinson said of the short: “Mother Knows Best is a brilliantly scripted and intense short film which uses a great economy of shots to tell a powerful and beautifully acted, universal story in which the realities of a young gay man’s different relationships with his parents are played out.”