The Norwegian Film Institute has announced a €1 million support package to be shared by six new documentaries.
Included is Faces Like Mine, the new documentary from Norwegian director Deeyah Khan. Having spent the last year as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity, in the documentary Khan will investigate the stories the media tells about different ethnic groups in the modern, multicultural society. Produced by Sverre Pedersen for Fuus, the film aims to reveal how the media influences our perceptions of ‘the strangers’, and what the consequences are.
The Fall of Aleppo has also received funding. Directed by Norwegian director Nizam Najar, the film follows a civilian group who has for years defended themselves against their own government until the fall of Aleppo in 2016. Two leaders in the Free Syrian Army have different opinions of which society will arise after Arab Spring in Syria, also reflected by the internal collapse of the rebellion. Henrik Underbjerg and Tore Buvarp will produce for Fenris Film.
Fengslet og forlatt by Norwegian director Katja Høgset, describes the prison conditions at Department G of Ila outside Oslo, housing the country’s sickest and most dangerous inmates. In Margreth Olin’s production for Speranza Film abut the borderland of humanity, psychiatrist Randi Rosenqvist fights for the preservation of their humanity – their own stories are characterised by neglect, violence, drug abuse and a struggle to survive.
Dacca og reinsdyrene is the story of Reiulf Aleksandersen, a Norwegian from Kautokeino in the northern Finnmark, who has his whole life dreamt of becoming a reindeer herder. Then he and his wife are offered to take over a reindeer farm at Kvaløya outside Tromsø – but to run reindeer in northern Norway, you have to be a Sami. The film is directed by Fridtjof Kjæreng.
Part of the Norwegian Film Institute’s New Ways scheme, Norwegian director Jon Vatne’s Magalúf is set in the little town on Mallorca, with a 4,000 population and more than 100 bars and clubs, which is every night in the summer months occupied by 10,000 Scandinavians and Brits. The Håvard Wettland Gossé production for Spætt Film tells about a group of Nordic friends – their voyage to Magalúf and their expectations, experiences, and consequences.