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Poet Hanna Asefaw grew up in a municipal flat in Oslo with her Eritrean family in the late 90s. Through an electrifying spoken word performance, she visits her childhood universe reimagined in miniature, and reflects on community, diversity and belonging - and the political indifference that broke it apart. 


Hanna Asefaw grew up in a flat in Oslo with her Eritrean family in the late 90s. The council block, 32 Sannergata, housed various low-income families. Asefaws parents fled to Norway from the war in Ethiopia in the 80s. Her mother’s cooking brought along East African flavors, filling the air in the apartment with various spices. To Hanna, it smelled like home.    

Growing older, Hanna discovered the unspoken rules of the building. How she was never allowed to stay over at her friend's place, the neglected girl next door. What the boy Kasper meant, who lived   with his grandmother, when he told her his dad «had taken too much medicine, and therefore had to sleep forever». How the Norwegian neighbors looked at Hanna’s culture with both curiosity and skepticism, and how the community created unity and friendship, despite all their differences.    

Later, the building was sold to a private investor and the tenants were evicted.    

Told through Asefaw’s autobiographical poem «Sannergata 32», based on her childhood memories, the film addresses societal   challenges that concern us all - access to safe homes, and ownership of the stories that are told about the places we belong.     

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2023
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2023-06-09
Production company:
Rosenlund Film
Financing company:
Fritt Ord Foundation
Viken Filmsenter
Producer:
Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid

Director

  • Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid

    Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid (b. 1995) is a journalist and filmmaker with a master's degree in creative directing from HDK-Valand in Sweden. Her work often addresses currents and debates that reflect the present, as with her latest film, Not That Kind of Guy. She has won several awards with her films, most recently The Spark Award at The Norwegian Short Film Festival (A Home on Every Floor), and Høstutstillingsprisen at the Norwegian National Art Exhibition (BBQ & Apocalypse). Rosenlund-Hauglid has formerly written for VG and Morgenbladet.  

    Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid

Cast

Hanna Asefaw

Awards

2023:
The Norwegian Short Film Festival
The Spark Award

Festivals

2023:
The Norwegian Short Film Festival
2023:
Nordisk Panorama
2023:
Nordic/Docs
2023:
BIFF - Bergen International Film Festival
2023:
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
2023:
DOC NYC
2024:
Slamdance Film Festival

Crew

Screenplay:
Hanna Asefaw
Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid
Based on:
Sannergata 32 by Hanna Asefaw
Cinematographer:
Sophie Søborg Mosbæk
Sound Design:
Ylva Gulpinar
Jakob Bechmann
Director:
Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid
Editor:
Geir Fjermestad Rolandsen
Composer:
Ylva Gulpinar
Jakob Bechmann
ProductionDesigner:
Julia Jayko Fossland
VFX artist:
Richard Viken Klausmark
Eivind Sandodden Kise
Sound Recording:
Paula Franke
Kari-Helene Blystad
Camera:
Leander Håvik
Set Decorator:
Julia Jayko Fossland
Prop Master:
Julia Jayko Fossland
Still photographer:
Sophie Søborg Mosbæk
Narrator:
Hanna Asefaw

Technical information

Genre:
Hybrid
Format:
DCP 2k
Screen ratio:
1:1,85
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in min's:
11'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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