A three-part story of Norway's worst terrorist attack in which over seventy people were killed. 22 July looks at the disaster itself, the survivors, Norway's political system and the lawyers who worked on this horrific case.
In Norway on 22 July 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 young people attending a Labour Party Youth Camp on Utøya Island outside of Oslo. A three-part story. About the survivors of the attacks, the political leadership of Norway, and the lawyers involved.Written by
Ulf Kjell Gür
When the police find Breivik's computer with his manifest, Windows 10 UI elements are visible. Windows 10 was released roughly 4 years after the events of 22 July took place. See more »
Judge Wenche Arntzen:
Can you tell us what happened to you on Utøya, Viljar?
[has a flashback in his head]
He tried to... he tried to kill me. I remember... seeing him... and then running away... trying to find somewhere to hide, and protecting my little brother. I remember being shot. Five times. When I was lying on the beach, I was... all alone. In a kind of pain I couldn't imagine.
Judge Wenche Arntzen:
But now you are here.
But everything's different. I've had to relearn how to use my body. Learn how to walk again. How to feed myself...
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Written by Ben Smithers
Performed by Area Grey
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Good film, but not enough on Norwegian police's failure to respond
This is a good film about the darkest chapter of post-WWII Norwegian history. The disappointment for me was how the film failed to get into detail about the Norwegian police's many failures while the terrorist attack was progressing.
What I recall from the aftermath while following news reports closely, was, for example:
The police had two guards stationed ashore who had semi-automatic weapons readily available, yet they cowardly refused to intervene while listening to gun shots from Utøya island, and instead called for backup.
Once police enforcements finally arrived, the inflatable boat they used almost sank, and it had to return to the shore to unload some policemen before heading toward the island. I wonder how many kids died only from that mistake.
There were no police helicopters available, apparently because the pilots were all on vacation at the same time.
The tourist camping ashore who had boats, were true heroes and used their boats to pick up kids from the lake who were swimming away from the island to save their lives. Breivik was shooting at swimmers desperately trying to escape.
None of that was in the movie.
And - Breivik called the police asking when they were going to arrive to get him. Yes. The terrorist thought the cops were so slow he called them! Unbelievable.
Nobody was held accountable. No law enforcement officials or policemen had to face any consequences for the lack of response.
Many, many lives could have been spared had Norwegian police been properly on the alert after the Oslo bomb went off.
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