Reiulf Aleksandersen is an ethnic Norwegian. He has dreamt of owning
reindeer ever since he was a little boy. A once in a lifetime
opportunity presents itself when a Sami woman retires and offers Reiulf
her siida unit, a permission to own a reindeer herd, on the island
Kvaløya. But according to Norwegian law only persons of Sami* descent
may head a siida unit. Therefore Reiulf’s wife, Risten, who is a born
Sami, must become the formal head of their siida unit if her husband is
to turn his lifelong dream into reality. There’s another siida unit on
Kvaløya, headed by Sami reindeer herder Per Lars Kitti. He is strongly
opposed to the newcomers establishing themselves on the island. He takes
his case to court in order to stop them.
* The Sami are the indigenous people of the Nordic countries.
Producers: f(x) productions AS and NRK – Norwegian Broadcasting Coorporation:
6 x 39 min 4K 52/58/80 min 4K int. film versions
Producers: Fridtjof Kjaereng, Benedikte Bredesen
Exe. producer NRK: Tone Lein
Producer NRK: Håvard Gulldahl
Director an photography: Fridtjof Kjaereng
Editors: Hans Børge Hartvigsen, Per Einar Grønmo, Fridtjof Kjaereng
Documentary series in 8 episodes developed for NRK1 – Norwegian Broadcasting Coorporation.
The Snow Ball War won Prix Europa 2011 for Best Television Documentary in Europe.
It was also awarded three of the Norwegian National TV Award “Gullruten” for Best Documentary serial, Best Directing and Best photo 2011.
First broadcast Tuesday 11. January 2011 – 09.30 PM
English series trailer:
The small town of Vardoe is located on an island high up in arctic Norway. The Barents Sea surrounding the
island is aboundant with fish.
But no fisheries exists in Vardoe and the houses stand empty. The inhabitants are declaring Snow Ball War
Lars Monsen is heading into the wild again. This time into the Norwegian wilderness. In 6 x 29 min episodes he will travel together with director Fridtjof Kjaereng on dogsledge over the glacier of Svartisen, with canoes in the Femunden wilderness and hiking over the Finnmarksvidda plains in Lappland.
Femunden is Norway’s third longest lake with many rivers with potentiality to catch the big river trout. But is Lars Monsen’s newfound summer companion the Alaskan Malemute Kayaque comfortable beeing in a canoe? (NRK1 søndag 20. mars 2005 kl. 20.45) – More…
Lars Monsen starts his expedition from Karasjok in Finnmark, the capital of the Sami people. He is going through 350 kilometre before he reaches his goal, the nothernmost area of Europe, The North Cape. (NRK1 søndag 3. april 2005 kl. 20.45) – More…
Autumn is on the arrival in the north of Norway with snow and sleet. Lars Monsen starts working for Ellen Marit Somby Sara, one of the few female Sami reindeer owners on the Finnmarksvidda plains. (NRK1 søndag 17. april 2005 kl. 20.45) – More…
Production company: Coproduction between f(x) production AS og NRK 2005 Producer: Fridtjof Kjaereng Director: Fridtjof Kjaereng Exe. producer NRK: Ivar Ragne Jenssen Cinematography: Fridtjof Kjaereng Editors: Jo Eldeen, Trygve Hagen, Charlotte Kahn og Thomas Ostbye Duration: 6 episoder x 29 min.
Lars Monsen and producer and director Fridtjof Kjaereng
Canada from coast to coast is approximately 8000 kilometer walking distance. The Norwegian explorer Lars Monsen and his six dogs is to spend nearly three years in the Canadian wilderness. Hiking, skiing, using the dogsledge or in the canoe, they are planning to move all the way from northeastern Alaska to the coast of Labrador. Most of the Wilderness is uninhabited by humans. Some even inaccessible by planes.
This ground breaking 6 x 29 min episode videodiary serial was one of the first of it’s kind and established a trend for the expedition documentary serials to come. It made Lars Monsen one of the most popular Norwegian TV personalities on record.
Across Canada was awarded the National Norwegian TV award Gullruten for best documentary serial in 2005.
6 episode descriptions with some trailers (Norwegian Language Only)
To most people 8000 kilometer alone through some of the worlds most remote wilderness in extreme cold temperatures and with wolves and bears around does not seem like a good idea. But to Lars Monsen this is the perfect challenge. (NRK1 torsdag 6. januar kl 19.55) – More…
The sea ice in Alaska is behind him and Lars Monsen is moving through the deep forests of The Northwestern Territory. It’s bitterly cold but plenty of wildlife. (NRK1 torsdag 13. januar kl 19.55) – More…
Lars Monsen is facing his biggest challenge. He has to move through 1500 kilometres of the worlds most remote wilderness. Only the wolves are there to keep him company. (NRK1 torsdag 20. januar kl 19.55) – More…