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Pray is a poetic and visual portrait of mankind's conversation with the holy.

From the heat of the Sahara desert, to the mountains of Himalaya, from the shores of the Ganges, to the Atlantic coast of Norway, from the Wailing Wall, to the Mosque behind the Separation Wall, Pray captures the shared spirituality of the world religions. What divides us makes us alike. Pray is a purely observational documentary bereft of dialogue. The style of the film, combined with the spectacular visuals, creates a meditative atmosphere in the movie theatre inviting the audience on the inside of the movies locations    

The director, Lars Petter Gallefoss' background is from award winning factual documentary series that has sent him filming in over 30 different countries. The idea for the film was conceived while filming mullahs praying for peace in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Pray is his first poetic documentary film.  

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2017
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2017-09-29
Production company:
Pandora Film AS
Financing company:
Norwegian Film Institute
Producer:
Ida Kleppe
Film consultant:
Kari Moen Kristiansen

Director

  • Lars Petter Gallefoss

    Lars Petter Gallefoss (b 1980) has a BA in Journalism from University of Stavanger and a BA in Documentary film making from Lillehammer University College. He has directed four five-part documentary series for NRK: The new country– Norway`s immigration history (2010), Good Intentions– Norways development aid history – (2013), Little Norway and the superpowers (2015) and Escape (2017) The last three were nominated for Gullruten, the Norwegian equivalent of the Emmys. Escape, a series about the refugee crisis in Europe, won three Gullruten, including a Best director award for Gallefoss.  

    Lars Petter Gallefoss

Festivals

2017:
BIFF - Bergen International Film Festival
2018:
Nordic/Docs

Crew

Director:
Lars Petter Gallefoss
Screenplay:
Lars Petter Gallefoss
Cinematographer:
Vegard Dale Bergheim
Camera:
Anders Hereid
Editor:
Christian Dahl
Sound Design:
Fredrik Seeberg
August Botne Sandberg
Sound Recording:
August Botne Sandberg

Technical information

Genre:
Society & Politics
Format:
DCP 2k
Colour:
Colour
Length in mins:
38'

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