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De andre (2012)

In 2009 the Norwegian government introduced new rules to enforce immigration. One was the rule for preliminary stay for sole minors under 18. Who's responsible for them?



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In 2009 the Norwegian government introduced new rules to enforce immigration. One was the rule for preliminary stay for sole minors under 18. They are to be returned to their country of origin as soon as they turn 18 years of age. In Norway the governmental child care is responsible for children without parents or near caretakers, but not for sole asylum-seekers between 15 and 18 years of age. Do you remember the day you became 18? With 18 lights on your cake, the whole family gathered, wanting you to make a wish? For some this day is the day the start fleeing off again. The day they loose their human rights. In this film we get to follow Goli from Kurdistan, which is deported the day he is 18, and we follow him on a new escape. The brothers Hassan and Husein from Afghanistan, of which the second is literally lame of fear after getting the rejection from the government. We also follow Khalid when he gets his final rejection on a stay in Norway on his 18th birthday. De andre (The ... Written by OJT

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"Virtuous, heart-shaped, cinematographic..."
8 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Norwegian screenwriter, producer and director Margreth Olin's fourth documentary feature which she wrote and produced, premiered in the Checkpoints section at the 13th Bergen International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on locations in Norway, Greece and Kurdistan and is a Norwegian production. It tells the story about many of those 17-year-old and 16-year-old immigrants from countries of war who are living in Norway and who due to constriction-measures which the Norwegian government presented in 2009 to reduce the increasing amount of immigrants coming to Norway, dreadfully awaits their 18th birthday when they most likely will have to return to their homelands like Iraq, Ethiopia, Somalia and Afghanistan which in comparison makes the Kingdom of Norway seem like a far more peaceful place.

Distinctly and subtly directed by Nordic filmmaker Margreth Olin, this quietly paced documentary which is narrated by the filmmaker and from multiple viewpoints, draws a gentle and mindful portrayal of a man whom is trying to cross the border from Kurdistan to Turkey, two brothers who only has each other, a man who came to Norway when he was a 14-year-old after escaping from an abusive stepfather and other asylum-seeking men without custodians who are temporarily residing in Norwegian asylums where they are waiting for an answer regarding their residence permits, which in their case might be a matter of life or death. While notable for it's naturalistic and variegated milieu depictions, fine cinematography by Norwegian cinematographer Øystein Mamen and use of colors, this interview-driven and narrative-driven story about immigration politics in Norway and what Margreth Olin has emphasized in her previous documentary features and narrative features and which refers to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, contains a great and timely score by Norwegian composer Rebekka Karijord.

This conversational, sociological and subjective documentary feature which is set mostly in Oslo and Bergen in Norway and Igoumenitsa and Athens in Greece during the 21st century and where one of the bravest of the too few female filmmakers in Norway who gets furthest into the heart of her themes and the heart of the Norwegian society, and the human beings whom she is interviewing are asking where the humanity in Norway is, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, heartrending stories and the filmmaker's analogous dream which illustrates how segregation of human lives are being practiced in an enlightened country. A virtuous, heart-shaped, cinematographic and courageously humane prayer for equality which gained, among other awards, the award for Best Norwegian Documentary at the 13th Bergen Film Festival in 2012.

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