Nowhere Home (De andre)

In 2009, the Norwegian government introduced several measures to restrict immigration. One of the measures is to grant temporary residence permits to unaccompanied children seeking asylum. At the age of 18, they are to be returned to their country of origin. In Norway, the Child Welfare takes custody of children without close caregivers - but this does not apply to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children between the age of 15 and 18 years.

In Nowhere Home we get to know Goli from Kurdistan. He was deported from Norway the day after he turned 18 and we follow him as he embarks on a new flight. The brothers Hasan and Husein are from Afghanistan. Husein was literally paralyzed with fear when the brothers were denied residency in Norway. We follow Khalid when he receives his final reply from the Immigration Appeal Board on his 18th birthday.

Nowhere Home is a film about teenagers who fight to keep their hope for a dignified life alive. A close, touching and provoking encounter, it questions the management of the ethical basic principles of our time.

Production and distribution

Production Year
2012
Country of origin
Norway
Release date (national)
2012-10
Production Company
Speranza Film AS
Øvre Foss 14
N-0555 Oslo
Producer
Margreth Olin
Co-producer
Lars Jönsson
Co-production Company
Memfis Film
Co-production Country
Sweden
Festival Contact
NFI Documentaries

Crew

Director
Margreth Olin
Screenplay
Margreth Olin
DoP
Øystein Mamen
Jamal Penjweny
Editor
Helge Billing
Michal Leszczylowski
Composer
Rebekka Karijord
Sound Designer
Díana Karlsdóttir

Technical information

Format
DCP 2k
Screen ratio
1:1,77
Colour
Colour
Sound format
Stereo 5.1
Length in min's
90'

Director

Margreth Olin

Margreth Olin (b. 1970) studied media and mass-communication at the University of Bergen and the University of Oslo, and media, journalism and documentary filmmaking at Volda University College. She made her debut as documentary filmmaker with her graduation film In the House of Love in 1994. Her first feature length documentary, In the House of Angels (1998), garnered Olin (among several other awards) her first National Film Award Amanda for Best Documentary in 1999. She has since written and directed several award-winning documentaries, including My Body (2002) and the feature length Raw Youth (2004). Among many other awards and accolades, My Body won Olin her second Amanda for Best Documentary in 2002, while Raw Youth was nominated for the same award, as well as for the European Film Awards in 2005.

Olin has also directed fiction film, making her debut in this field with the short film Gluttony, as part of the portmanteau film The Seven Deadly Sins in 2000. Her first feature fiction film, The Angel, premiered in 2009 and was another tour de force from Olin, winning over the critics, audience and award-juries alike. The highly acclaimed drama was also selected as the Norwegian candidate for the 2010 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

Olin is also the managing director of Norwegian production company Speranza Film AS, producing both shorts, feature films and television series'. She is also a highly sought after lecturer, both in Norway and abroad, often focusing on topics from her films, and techniques of storytelling.

Prizes

2012
BIFF - Bergen International Film Festival: Best Norwegian Documentary
2013
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival: Best Documentary
2013
Planete+ Doc Film Festival: Special Mention Amnesty International Jury
2013
National Film Award Amanda for Best Documentary
Norwegian documentaries

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