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NENT adds Swedish Academy sex abuse scandal to Viaplay docu slate

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) has added a documentary series about a sexual abuse scandal that engulfed the Swedish Academy to its Viaplay streaming service.

Filippa Wallestam (Photo: Gunnar Ask)

The Prize of Silence is an English- and Swedish-language doc series about the scandal that led to the postponement of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Executive produced by Joel Karsberg, executive producer of Surviving R Kelly, The Prize of Silence will premiere exclusively on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service in autumn 2021.

In November 2017, the cultural figure Jean-Claude Arnault, husband of a Swedish Academy member, was accused of sexual assault and subsequently convicted on two counts of rape. The ensuing scandal created headlines around the world, forced a wave of resignations at the Academy and called the continued existence of one of the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions into question.

Featuring in-depth interviews with several of the women victimised by Arnault, and with members of the Swedish Academy and international experts, the doc explores themes such as the objectification and exploitation of women in apparently respectable environments, and how the fear of additional suffering can deter victims from speaking up.

Filippa Wallestam, NENT Group Chief Content Officer said: “The repercussions of these tragic events are still with us today, and have played a role in shaping global perceptions of the Swedish Academy. It’s vital to keep this topic at the top of the agenda and to listen to these people who suffered so much. Our latest Viaplay Original shows once again our ambition to tell important Nordic stories with international relevance.”

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