Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Asbjørn Aarnes – et liv


This Norwegian philosopher talks about the power of powerlessness, Levinas, his trust/distrust in God, the most meaningful he can remember from a lifetime etc.
(Will be subtitled soon).

Asbjørn Aarnes – et liv from Film as (Ny Tid) on Vimeo.

Et 24 minutters portrett av Aarnes (1923–2013), om livet, forholdet til Gud, et liv etter dette, og meningen med det hele. Dessuten om den Annen eller nestekjærligheten via filosofen Emmanuel Levinas, og herav Aarnes’ tanker om betydningen av familie og venner ut fra avmaktens filosofi.
To intervjuer er gjort med åtte års mellomrom (2003-2011). Se det siste i Le Monde diplomatique, Avmaktens styrke juni 2011.

Filmen regissert av Truls Lie, klippehjelp av Thomas Knutsen, musikkhjelp av Helene Arntzen (saksofon, stykket “Lengsel”), produsert av Substans Film, og støttet av Fritt Ord og Bergesenstiftelsen.

Asbjørn Aarnes var hovedgrunnen til at redaktør Truls Lie fikk stillingen som redaktør i Morgenbladet, da dett ble reetablert i 1992, og så overtatt av Lie i 1993. Truls Lie assisterte Aarnes med seminarene på Universitetet i Oslo om Emmanuel Levinas rundt 1990. Aarnes betydd mye for en rekke mennesker – som ved hans virke på  Universitetet i Oslo, hans seminarrekker på Humanistisk Collegium og Granavollen.

Aarnes_sit_MVI_3752.MOV-701x394Aarnes var i redaksjonen til Idé og tanke 1960-85 og redaktør av Thorleif Dahls kulturbibliotek (1978–2001). Han var medlem av Det Norske Akademi for Sprog og Litteratur (preses 1966-83) og Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi, samt bidragsyter til tidsskriftet Minerva.
Under Mykle-striden i 1957 tilhørte Aarnes kretsen til A.H. Winsnes, som støttet aktoratet i rettssaken mot Mykle.
Fra 2005 skrev Aarnes en spalte på nynorsk i avisen Dag og Tid, og et utvalg av disse ble utgitt i 2006 under tittelen Råka av røyndom.

Se ellers mer på Wikipedia

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Odd Karsten Tveit about the Middle East


See the article/interview in Norwegian at Ny Tid:

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This excerpt is just a short clip, talking about Sabra and Shattila, when the reporter entered in Beirut in 1982.
The Norwegian news reporter and writer Odd Karsten Tveit (from Norwegian Television) talks about the Middle East (Lebanon, Palestine, Israel) and how it has been reporting from this area the last 40 years. Also about Norway’s role in the conflict, and his relation to the British reporter Robert Fisk.
(To be updated to a longer version)

The Oslo Process


Now in Ny Tid, the monthly newspaper in Norway:
The Kerry initiated 2013/14 peace talks, was maybe the last possible effort to keep alive the intentions from The Oslo Accords of a separate Palestinian State. But they failed again. Without any achievement of the suggested two-state solution, this film dwells  into the alternative with a future one-state solution scenario.
This video moves between a lot of political scenes: After the first chapter (SITUATIONS) were we meet people on ground in Middle East, we then follow the Foreign Minister of Norway (Espen Barth Eide) on his 2013-trip in the Middle East in next chapter (NEGOTIATIONS): He visits a lot of top politicians on both sides – travel with armored cars, doing handshakes, participating in dinners, doing walks in Hebron, and doing round-table summoning up in the evening with the Norwegian diplomats. Later our Foreign Minister chairs the Ad Hoc Liason Comitee with US’ Foreign Minister John Kerry, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York. In the meantime The Oslo Conference in September 2013 collected 300 people, with main actors discussed the conflict on stage (recorded with four cameras collecting the play and discussions between Norwegian and Middle East politicians and activists.)

In this maybe coming one hour documentary, the director Truls Lie performed a lot of in-depth interviews with Israeli and Palestinian personalities, trying step by step to understand why this conflict never ends. And as we see in the ending chapter (ACTIONS) what can be the consequence from these reflections? We visited the PLO headquarter (Hanan Ashrawi), Palestinian Refugee camps (Sabra&Shatilla), locations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and homes/offices of a lot of prominent intellectuals, politicians and activists (interviews with Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe are two examples). And will Israeli and Palestinian activist groups – Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) – have an international effect on the future? The video investigates in this chapter into the one-state solution for all the citizens, as a future scenario.

Some cultural expressions in this political film: camera shots from Palestinian Rap Groups, classical Sabrine musicians in Jerusalem, modern dance exercises in a training centre in Bethlehem and the Ramallah Dance Company doing a field performance. Contrasts from a classical Israeli quartet or a street dancer at the beach of Tel Aviv. Other events is a Palestinian Mosque funeral after Israeli soldiers killed three men, a traditional Palestinian wedding and The Freedom Theatre of Jenin who re-enacts situations, also as we followed them through the Jordan Valley with an international group.


Joachim Trier


The Norwegian film director Joachim Trier talks with the monthly newspaper Ny Tid (Modern Times) about what life experiences and thinking is needed to make films like his two last ones – “Louder than Bombs” and “Oslo 31. August”.
An in depth interview about the war photographer, the mis/use of images now and before, why suicide is such a topic in his last films, postmodernism, his grandfather Erik Løchen, Tarkovsky, nihilism … and especially his premiered film LOUDER THAN BOMBS.

See also the interview written in Norwegian in the issue of Ny Tid September 2015

Mads Gilbert – On Gaza


Mads Gilbert is just now no longer allowed by Israel to go to Gaza. Hear him about the last massive attacks summer 2014.
The Norwegian medical doctor Gilbert was there. In this 10-minute interview/essay by Truls Lie in Le Monde diplomatique (Scandinavia), Gilbert contemplates the attacks, what it means to be defined “a terrorist”, the people he met at Al-Shifa hospital, and why peace for all has to begin with Israel ending the occupation and suppression of the Palestinian people – and lift the siege of Gaza.
(Warning: The film contains graphic images.)

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Ukraine – a debate

Frontline Club, Oslo, filmed by Truls Lie.

Screening of short films from the cinema collective Babylon 13, and a part of the new film EuroMaidan (rough cut) from the Ukrainian DocuDays film festival. Followed by a debate about Maidan as a civil movement, and the future political perspectives of Ukraina.

Maidan means “square” in Ukrainian. On 30th November 2013 hundreds of thousands of people occupied the Square of Independence in Kiev to show their protest against the cruelty of the special police units. For millions of Ukrainians it is now a symbol of struggle against corruption, dictatorship and lawlessness of the regime.

The recent events in Ukraine have been mainly analyzed as a geo-political game between Russia and the West. The focus of this event will be on the role of the civil society in the protest. Babylon 13 short movies will let you feel the atmosphere of the Ukrainian Revolution. You will see the faces of common protesters and hear their motivation. We will follow the major events of the uprising and discuss them in the course of the screening.

In the Frontline Club panel debate the producer of Babylon 13 Denys Vorontsov, together with film-maker and witness of Maidan Tetyana Kryvytska Stang Lund + Gunnar Ekeløve-Slydal from the Helsingfors Comitee and Bjørn Nistad, (writer, previous University of Oslo), will discuss the influence of the civil society on Maidan as opposed to politics – and the future political situation for Ukraine.
Vorontsov will present Babylon 13 as cinema of a civil protest and describe what he and his colleagues have witnessed in Kiev and other parts of Ukraine while filming the uprising. Two of his colleagues, cameramen, were recently kidnapped in Crimea.
Moderator is Truls Lie from Le Monde diplomatique.

See clip at



See also the documentary:

Sudan – a debate

What is the situation in today’s SUDAN?

Screening of The Longest Kiss (74min), followed by a panel debate with the Canadian director Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque and the British BBC-reporter James Copnall, together with Audun Herning from Norwegian People’s Aid.
Moderated by Remi Nilsen from le Monde diplomatique.

Facing conflicting identities, the youth in north Sudan are faced with a stale leadership while others in south Sudan hope to start over. Focusing on the stories of six people searching for a place to call ‘home’ ahead of the south’s secession, director Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque paints an intimate and detailed portrait of the country’s complex fragmentation.

The meeting of the Blue and White Nile in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, is referred to as ‘the longest kiss in history’. As the Arab Spring was in full bloom, Sudan, straddled between the Middle East and Africa, was about to split in two.



Here you can watch our last event in full-length online – about the dictatorship in Ethiopia, with video material disclosing suppression, land grabbing and internally displacement, smuggled out of the country by the Ogaden president’s former advisor Abdullahi Hussein.