Norsk filminstitutt

Norway has long had some of the strictest drug laws in Europe, emphasizing punishing rather than helping addicts – but change is on the way. In this humane and insightful documentary, we follow three activists fighting to change the way politicians and ordinary Norwegians think about how we treat addicts. Presenting us with the perspectives and experiences of people who’ve felt the consequences of our nation’s moralistic drug laws, The winds of Change shows why a policy reform is necessary.

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2020
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2020-10-10
Production company:
Aldeles AS
Producer:
Elisabeth Kleppe

Director

  • Kieran Kolle

    Kieran Kolle is half Irish and half Norwegian and grew up by a fjord on Norway's western coast. He is a cinematographer and director and a partner in the film production company Aldeles in Bergen. 

    Kieran has worked on numerous international documentaries as a DOP and had his debut as a director with the documentary Expired in 2016. The Winds of Change is his second feature-length documentary, portraying three of the drug-addict activists who are some of the architects behind the new Norwegian drug reform. 

    Kieran Kolle

Cast

Michelle Alexandra Muren Höjvi
Arild Knutsen
Kim Jørgen Arnetvedt

Awards

2020:
BIFF - Bergen International Film Festival
Youth Documentary Award

Festivals

2020:
BIFF - Bergen International Film Festival
2021:
Human International Documentary Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Kieran Kolle
Screenplay:
Kieran Kolle
Elisabeth Kleppe
Cinematographer:
Kieran Kolle
Editor:
Frida Eggum Michaelsen

Technical information

Format:
DCP 2k
Screen ratio:
16:9
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in mins:
78'
Language:
Norwegian
Swedish
Subtitles:
English

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