We could see a world selection of films without leaving town as the Northwest Film Center’s 36th annual showcase of new world cinema took place. The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) seeks to explore the diversity of not only the art of film, but of the world around us.

On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, the New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society sponsored a Swedish film as part of PIFF. The film, "The Last Sentence," is based on a true story which follows the celebrated Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt, who conducted his own campaign against the Nazis while navigating a personal life fraught with difficulty. Officially neutral, Sweden's leaders did their best to silence him, fearing German reprisal, especially as the journalist began inciting the ire of top Nazi officials. "The Last Sentence" weaves together a psychological love story with a portrayal of the political situation Sweden found itself in during the Second World War. This is a gripping, dramatic and poetic tale about a man who could not be silenced.


A reception at the Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum was enjoyed by a sold out audience, sharing traditional Swedish finger foods donated by the local organization and IKEA of Portland.

'The Last Sentence' (Dom över död man) by Jan Troell. A story based on the life of journalist Torgny Segerstedt, who alerted the Swedish public to the threat of Fascism in the 1930s. Watch the trailer on Vimeo here: The last sentence - trailer