Tungeskjærerne, 2016, regi: Solveig S. Melkeraaen
Tongue Cutters, 2016, Dir.: Solveig S. Melkeraaen

Five Norwegian entries at world`s largest Hot Docs

Published: 31/03/2017 | Edited: 06/04/2017

Four Norwegian documentaries and a Swedish-Norwegian co-production selected for the Canadian showcase in Toronto between 27 April-7 May.

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When the world’s largest documentary film festival, the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival unspools between 27 April-7 May in Toronto, four Norwegian documentaries and a Swedish-Norwegian co-production will be among the more than 170 entries in the festival, which has more than 200,500 visitors, film professionals or enthusiasts.


Refugees and floods


Egil Håskjold Larsen’s 69 Minutes of 86 Days (69 Minutter av 86 dager), about a three-year-old child and her family’s escape from the island of Kos to Sweden, and Julia Dahr’s Thank You For The Rain, following a Kenyan farmer who takes his message of flash floods and devastating droughts to the UN, will both screen in the competition section International Spectrum.

Recruiting for Jihad


Three of tthe films are selected for the World Showcase: Ulrik Rolfsen's and Adil Khan Farooq's Recruiting for Jihad (Islamisten), about a well-known Norwegian Islamist, who during three years gives rare, unvarnished access to his everyday life as a missionary, inspirational trips around Europe and radical opinions, until he is arrested for recruiting jihadists for ISIS.

Solveig Melkeraaen’s Tongue Cutters (Tungeskjærerne) follows young kids who from the age of five are working as tongue cutters in Northern Norway. Finally, Knutte Wester’s A Bastard Child (Horungen) mixes watercolour animation and archival footage in the story of an illegitimate child in early 20th century Sweden. A Bastard Child is co-produced by Knut Skoglund in Pomor Film.

Norwegian production company Norsk Fjernsyn will pitch Norwegian director Hans Lukas Hansen‘s TV series The Quest for Tonewood (Jakten på tonetreet) in the Hot Doc’s Forum. It has previously received development funding from the Norwegian Film Institute.

Contact NFI

  • Toril Simonsen
  • Head of International Relations, Short and Documentary films
  • Phone: +47 22 47 45 74
  • Cell phone: +47 900 38 086
  • Email: toril.simonsen@nfi.no
  • Jakob Berg
  • Communications Advisor
  • Phone: +47 22 47 45 91
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  • Email: jakob.berg@nfi.no