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.
Tromsø International Film Festival, in competition, Tromsø 2019 HUMAN International Film Festival, in competition, Oslo 2019
Original title: Reindrømmen
Director: Fridtjof Kjaereng Producer: Fridtjof Kjaereng, Benedikte Bredesen, f(x) productions 2018 Music: Geir Sundstoel Editing: Anders Teigen and Fridtjof Kjaereng Sound design and mix: Haakon Lammetun Duration: 52/58 min TV international version
Available with English, Spanish, Norwegian and Sami subtitles.
The priest Boerre Knudsen is the most famous pro life activist in Norway. His 30 year long crusade for the unborn child resulted in him having to flee his house in Northern Norway together with his family. His extensive demonstrations and his media campaining resulted in Boerre Knudsen being one of the most hated men in Norway. In the end the media fought back and Boerre Knudsen was accused of everything from having a psychiatric diagnose to stealing the famous Edward Munch painting «The Scream» from The Norwegian National Gallery.
Today Boerre Knudsen is a pensioneer living with his wife Ragnhild in a remote cabin surrounded by the majestic arctic mountains of Northern Norway. Knudsen has developed Parkinson`s disease and his wife, Raghild Knudsen is caring for him in everyday life. This is a film about intimate love between an elderly couple, but it’s also a life in despair about lost ideals and the damaged relationship with their five children, who had difficult lives being bullied in school for being the children of the «Priest of Darkness». Their daughter: Kjersti, also participates in the film with her story of her troublesome past.
Priest of Burden is a film about fighting for what you believe in – without thinking about the consequences. About the costs of going against the flow, and the profound effect it has on yourself and those around you. The film contains some great archive footage from Boerre Knudsens many demostrations.
The film premiered in Norwegian theatres in March 2014.
Aarhus Filmfestival, Denmark. November 2014
The National Amanda Award, Haugesund, Norway. August 2014 – Nomination for best documentary
The National Short Film Festival, Grimstad, Norway. June 2014 – Honourable mention
Prix Europa, Berlin, Germany. October 2015. 4th best TV documentary in Europe 2015.
Film funding and co-producers:
Norwegian Film Institute, NFI
Fritt Ord, The Freedom of Expression Foundation
NRK, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
Nordnorsk Filmsenter, NNFS, North Norwegian Film Centre
Fond for lyd og bilde, The Arts Council of Norway
Viken Filmsenter, Viken Film Centre
DVD/BluRay available with English, German, French and Spanish subtitles and lot’s of funny bonus material!
The Snow Cave Man has lived in snow caves high up in the barren Norwegian mountains for 30 years. Like Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, he has developed his own morale code and a biting sense of humour. He is a true environmentalist, but in his own way. Living among the blizzards and reindeer his life is far from the bourgeois materialistic life of the modern Scandinavian welfare state.
The Snow Cave Man is shocked to receive the news that his mother has passed away. She leaves behind a clear message to him in the form of an ultimatum: In her last will and testament he inherits her apartment in the city, valued at appr. € 100 000, on the condition that he lives in the apartment or uses the money to purchase other form of permanent housing and settles down like a normal person.
What will The Snow Cave Man do? Give up his life as a free spirit in the mountains – or forfeit the money from his inheritance?
The film about the Snow Cave Man centres on the quest for liberty and the human cost of complete freedom.
Nature Film Festival in Artvin, Turkey 2014
Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, Nepal, December 2012
Danish Adventure Film Festival, December 2011.
FIFAD Film Festval, Switzerland, August 2011.
Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Qatar, April 2011
Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, California, March 2011
22. internationales berg-abenteuer filmfestival graz, Austria, November 2010
27th International Mountain Film Festival of Autrans, France, Januar 2011 Prize winner « Vie des hommes – Ethnologie »
The Zakopane Mountain Film Festival, Poland, September 2010 Prize winner The Major Award and the Youth Jury Award
Director: Fridtjof Kjaereng
Producer: f(x) productions 2010, Fridtjof Kjaereng, Benedikte Bredesen
Music: Fridtjof Kjaereng and Espen Noreger
Editing: Erland Edenholm and Fridtjof Kjaereng Sound design and mix: Haakon Lammetun
Duration: 1 h. 12 min, 24bps. 52 min TV international version Distributor: Kudos Family
Premiere Norwegian theatres 12. March 2010.
Premiere National TV2 May 2010.
Mr Mustache is a short documentary about men and their mustaches. Consisting of several interviews woven together as a lively collage, the ten participants tell both disadvantages and positive effects from the hair growing beneath their noses. This humoristic film covers subjects such as kissing and risky consumption of messy ice creams.
Director Orjan Jensen origins from the small community of Nordreisa in Troms in the north of Norway.
He lives in Oslo working as an acclaimed grafic designer and illustrator for Norway’s major newspapers.
The film is the Norwegian director Mr Orjan Jensen`s debut.
2007 Tromsoe International Film Festival
2007 EuroDok, European Documentary Film Festival, Oslo, Norway
2007 Dawson City International Short Film Fest, Canada
2008 Cinéma Vérité – Iran International Documentary Film Festival
2008 AFI Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
2012 The Original Stache Pag and Stache Film, Portland, USA
Mr Mustache on TV
The film is commisioned by several Broadcasters worldwide, among them: Norwegian Broadcasting Coorp NRK, Canal + and Australian SBS.
Production company: f(x) productions AS, 2007 Producer: Fridtjof Kjaereng Director: Orjan Jensen Editor: Charlotte Kahn Animation: Orjan Jensen Music: Palace of Pleasure Participating in the film: Willy B, Jan Erik Lyse, Torger Richter, Christer Karlstad, Marius Loeken, Ole Skibnes, Jon Andreas Hatun, Jan Haakon Bekkavik, Terje Aaberg, Arne Jacobsen Duration: 7 min.
The documentary film from Hussain’s Butcher Shop became a huge success becoming one of the most popular and acclaimed documentaries in the history of Norwegian TV.
The film was broadcast on Norwegian Broadcasting Coorporation, NRK, 4 times during the year 2000 and has participated on several film festivals around the world.
Back to Pakistan
The second film from The Hussain family, King Hussain of Pakistan – Queen Asia of Norway, shows Mr Gholam Hussain returning to his beloved homeland Pakistan to build a grand house for himself and his family. But his wife, Asia Begum, is reluctant to move back with him. But she agrees to vistit him in Pakistan and see the house when their youngest son is to get married to a young Pakistani woman. What will Asia do? Live together with her husbond in Pakistan or return to Norway to live with her 3 sons and grandchildren?
The film is a close portrait of the different members of the Hussain family and the goals and interests of the different generations. Gholam Hussain is a first generation immigrant to Norway and he still feels strong affection for his homeland. But the second generation is educated and assimilated into a Norwegian and western culture. And Asia Begum finds herself drawn between these two different perspectives.
Production company: f(x) productions AS 2005 Producer: Fridtjof Kjaereng Director: Fridtjof Kjaereng Cinematography: Fridtjof Kjaereng Editor: Erland Edenholm Duration: 50 min. Financing: Norsk Filmfond, Nordisk film- and TV-fond, NRK, YLE
First Broadcast: NRK1, 19.4.2005 Broadcast: ARTE, SBS Nederland, YLE Finland, the Scandinavian broadcasters and others
Young Beate Kjaereng hates living in the country. She lives on the isolated island of Rolla in a beautiful and exotic part of northern Norway that is becoming increasingly depopulated.
Beate feels she has no future on the island. All she can do is party all night and sleep all day. Her parents are getting tired of having an unmotivated teenager around and the tension is rising in the family. Beate feels she has to leave at any cost. Why is living in the Norwegian countryside unbearable for a young woman like Beate?
Good bye, shit island…
In this entertaining documentary director Mr Fridtjof Kjaereng describes what it’s like to be a teenager in the countryside of modern Norway. He is adressing the myth that safe jobs and better roads are the sole dream for the young generation. Maybe the exodus from the coutryside is culturally motivated? The young generation want to live in the big cities simply because life there is more exciting to them. This is the life they dream of! At least for a period in their life.
First broadcast on National TV 2, 19. June 2002. Market share amongst the 20-29 years population: 72%.
Also broadcast on the Nordic TV channels.
Prize winner for Best Children- and Youth Programme at The Barents TV festival in Piteaa, Finland 2002.
Tromsoe International Film Festival TIFF , Tromsoe, Norway 2002.
The Norwegian Short and Documentary Film Festival, Volda, Norway 2002
Hela Sveriges Filmfestival, Gotland, Sweden 2003
Buster, New Nordic Children Films, Copenhagen, Denmark 2003
Prix Europa, Berlin, Germany 2003.
Film Festival of Umeaa, Sweden
Production company: f(x) productions AS 2002 Producer: Fridtjof Kjaereng Director: Fridtjof Kjaereng Cinematography: Fridtjof Kjaereng Editor: Erland Edenholm Duration: 50 m. Financing: f(x) productions AS, TV2 AS og Nordnorsk Filmsenter AS First broadcast: TV2 19.6.2002
The winter in Norway is long and cold. But Mr Gholam Hussain is patient, waiting for a truckload of sheep. His customers in Oslo’s eastend are mainly moslem migrants and they don’t want frozen meat, only fresh mutton. Finally a truckload of lamb arrives and Mr Hussain is triumphant doing his halal duties as a butcher. But he soon realizes that his customers are still not satisfied. Eid is approaching and they only want the meat of male sheep, not the female mutton which is in Hussain’s shop.
Mr Hussain has to use all his charm to persuade his customers that there is equality between the sexes in Norway, and that female mutton is equal to the worth of male meat.
56 year old Mr Gholam Hussain came to Norway in 1972 as one of the first migrants from Pakistan. Today there are 30.000 of Pakistani origin in Norway. Many of the first generation still run small shops and restaurants in Oslo. But the big supermarked chains are taking over and they can sell their goods at a cheaper prize than the small shops are able to.
The plans of Mr Hussains three sons are different. They are persuing a higher education instead of taking over their father’s Butcher Shop. This illustrates the dilemma facing most migrant families in Norway. The second and third generation migrants are influenced by the opportunities of the society they live in and they change, and in this case, refuse to take over the family business.
Beeld vor Beeld, Amsterdam, Netherland 2002
Norlichter Cinema, Wien, Austria 2001
The Norwegian Short and Documentary Film festival 2000
Nordic Panorama, Bergen, Norway 2000
Uppsala International Film Festival, Sveden 2000
Nordishe Filmtage Lübeck, Germany 2000
The documentary film from Hussain’s Butcher Shop became a huge success becoming one of the most popular and acclaimed documentaries in the history of Norwegian TV. The film was broadcast on Norwegian Broadcasting Coorporation, NRK, 4 times during the year 2000.
The Grüner Village prize
Fridtjof Kjaereng was awarded the community prize for Oslo’s eastend, “Grüner Village prisen 2000”, for his social commitment in his documentary films in general and for “Hussain’s Butcher Shop” in particular.
Production company: f(x) productions AS 2000 Producer: Fridtjof Kjaereng Director: Fridtjof Kjaereng Cinematography: Fridtjof Kjaereng Editor: Kjetil Solhoei Duration: 52 min (42 min available) Financing: Det Norske Filminstitutt and Nordnorsk Filmsenter AS First Broadcast: NRK1 in “Fakta på lordag”, Saturday 29. Januay 2000 at 10.15 PM
At the end of the Bosnian war three Bosnian soldiers were each given a video camera to film their lives, at the front and their return to civilian life in Bosnia. Do they see a future in a united Bosnia, or do they want too separate and get it over and done with once and for all? Are they now ready to forgive each other?
The film has a strong personal style originating from the three young Bosnians, and contains strong war material from their lives at the front lines. Yet there is also plenty of humour, and they give the viewer good insight in the psychology of the Balkan people. (more…)
A young Bosnian woman, Jasmina Mulalic, travels back to Sarajevo to meet her father after 4 years as refugee in Norway. Her father has already divorced her mother who came with her to Norway. Jasmina want to know why.
Production company: f(x) productions 1997 Producer: Fridtjof Kjaereng Director: Fridtjof Kjaereng og Hege Michelsen Editor: Kjetil Solhoei Participating in the film: Jasmina Mulalic Duration: 30 min. First Broadcast: NRK1 22.5.1997