Two Norwegian documentaries win at Hot Docs

Dugma: The Button

Two Norwegian documentaries have picked up prizes at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival – Brothers winning Best International Feature and Dugma: The Button winning Best Mid-Length Documentary.

The Norwegian Film Institute sent five documentaries in total. “Just the participation with five titles, not to mention the prizes, will strengthen the international position of Norwegian documentaries,” commented the institute’s head of international relations – shorts and documentaries, Toril Simonsen. 

Brothers follows the director’s own sons – Markus (14) and Lukas (11). She filmed them for 450 hours over a period of 8 years in a successful attempt to delve into the children’s real world and discover truth and original life.

Dugma: The Button follows the daily lives of four al-Qaeda suicide bombers in Syria, who are waiting for their turn to embark on the ultimate mission. This provides an unprecedented glimpse into the hearts and minds of four young jihadists.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.