After bringing films about Swedish and Norwegian horse-and-sled drivers, Swedish and American wildlife, and Aleutian-Scandinavian Americans to the Midwest in the past, award-winning Swedish filmmaker Stefan Quinth returns with a series of movies about things much closer to home. ”Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian” is a light-hearted exploration of contemporary Scandinavian America.
The film series explores the experience of immigration, the process of Americanization, the importance of landmark institutions such as churches and colleges, the power of family and community, the vitality of arts and craft, the matter of language, and the enjoyment of humor.
Moving out from the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Stefan Quinth and Dr. William Beyer, former American Swedish Institute administrator, have followed Scandinavian American trails from St. Peter to Grand Marais, Moorhead to Grand Rapids, eastern North Dakota to western Wisconsin. Immigration, language, food, celebration, jokes, a tear or two—it’s a rich journey, fueled by gallons of coffee.