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Political documentary gave interesting angle on Utøya-massacre
OJT from Norway
19 October 2012
Film maker Kari Anne Moe got her plans radically changed when making
this documentary about Norwegian youth politicians, when right wing
terrorist Anders Behring Breivik massacred 69 youths at the Utøya labor
party youth gathering on the 22nd of July 2011.
She must have felt that her good project was massacred as well, but
with the cameras there they kept filming what has become a valuable
document of political youths in 2011.
Still she has managed to keep a focus on the political aspect of the
idea in a good way. The young youth politician here which was hunted at
the little Island gives a strong version of her story from th horrific
Utøya-massacre as well as her problems after wards.
The film about the four very different youth politicians gives a good
view over what it is like being a young aspiring politician in the
country which is both the min most democratic in the world, as well as
the country which is on top in Happiness, due to UN-statistics.
The documentary is well made, and professionally distance to what
happened has done the film good. Music is perfectly fitted, and adds
value to the film. All is told by the youths, both fun and serious
stuff. They all give a good view of the different political
environments they live and volunteer in.
The labor party girl is in the center here, but still the film makers
has managed to give equal time to the three other youths they are
following as well. And it's the two boys who adds the needed humor to
the film. Somehow the film makers succeeds in making a film which gives
justice to both the youths and the massacre, and avoids the problem I
though it had. It was far better than expected.
When watching this in a theater, i was together with a quite full
attendance of teenagers below 15 years of age, and I could feel they
got bored at the end of the film. And the film is 15 minutes too long,
and ends abrupt. It's not easy to keep interest after leaving the
tragic event, and it would have been a an even better film, if shorter.
There's not enough "darlings killed" here by the film makers (no pun
intended), but is still a valuable document, well suited to teach about
political interest amongst youngsters.
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