Beneath the quiet veneer of Iceland lies an invisible nation of Hidden People. This fascinating phenomenon, rarely discussed with outsiders, not only pervades Icelandic culture, but also ...
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Beneath the quiet veneer of Iceland lies an invisible nation of Hidden People. This fascinating phenomenon, rarely discussed with outsiders, not only pervades Icelandic culture, but also impacts its infrastructure (e.g., road construction and buildings). This enlightening journey, through Iceland's celestial and mysterious environment, suspends one's state of reality-forcing you to question your own perceptual limitations and the mysteries of the natural world. Delving further into the stories of the hidden people, it is impossible not to consider the impact of the geographic position and isolation of this mysterious, celestial island of Iceland. Winter's darkness allows the dazzling and supernatural Northern Lights to pervade the country with its amorphous shapes; casting brilliant colors of yellow, pink, and green downward to the land below. Black lava rocks, green mossy rocks, geysers, volcanoes, and glaciers all play their role in this mystical landscape, where the wind, snow and ... Written by
I've seen this film at several festivals and highly recommend it as both a beautiful study on the idea of belief and a provocative look into the collisions of nature, science, perception, and human nature.
Iceland's hidden people and elves have been a source of curiosity to foreigners as well as Icelanders and have been been covered in both literature and film for years (and I'm sure years to come). However, in this documentary, Nisha Inalsingh delves deeper into the roles of religion, history, and science to explaining the belief in hidden people. She also skillfully integrates the geographic influence of the island on the cultural and social traditions of its people--something not lost on Iceland's own Nobel Laureate in literature, Halldor Laxness, in books such as Independent People and Under the Glacier.
It is Ms. Inalsingh, as both writer and director, who brings in and then deftly covers these themes, folding them into Huldufolk 102. The film is beautifully shot, edited and more importantly directed by Ms. Inalsingh. I question the motives of anyone who would state otherwise. Perhaps it's just ignorance and a lack of understanding of the collaborative art of film making.
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