Nordisk Panorama taps “No Burqas Behind Bars,” “Act of Killing”

The Nordic Panorama has named the documentaries playing in competition at this year's event, which include The Act of Killing (pictured), No Burqas Behind Bars and American Vagabond.
August 2, 2013

The Nordic Panorama has named the documentaries playing in competition at this year’s event, which include The Act of Killing (pictured), No Burqas Behind Bars and American Vagabond.

The competition programs – made up of Nordic documentary, Nordic short film and New Nordic Voices – have been selected with a new procedure this year, with each of the five Nordic countries participating in the Panorama having a selection committee nominate nine films in all sections.

In total, 15 documentaries – three from each country – have been selected by the national selection committees. The films had to premiere during the last 12 months, and the documentary jury judging them will include the Tribeca Film Festival’s Cara Cusumano, the BBC’s Kate Townsend, and the 2012 Panorama winner Christian Bonke.

“We are excited about the new model for the competition program constituting a true Nordic championship,” said Katrine Kiilgaard, Nordisk Panorama Director.

The films follow below:


My Love – The Story of Poul and Mai (My Love – historien om Poul og Mai) by Iben Haahr Andersen
The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer
White Black Boy by Camilla Magid


American Vagabond by Susanna Helke
Hilton! – Here for Life (Hilton! – tällä ollaan elämä) by Virpi Suutari
Wolfman (Hukkamies) by Juha Suonpää


Ash (Aska) by Herbert Sveinbjörnsson
The Laxá Farmers (Hvellur) by Grímur Hákonarson
The Living Sea (Kvikur sjór) by Thorsteinn Jónsson


Nowhere Home (De andre) by Margreth Olin
Reconstructing a Family (Rekonstruksjon av en familie) by Charlotte Røhder Tvedt
When the Boys Return by Tone Andersen


Belleville Baby by Mia Engberg
No Burqas Behind Bars by Nima Sarvestani
Palme by Maud Nycander and Kristina Lindström


In addition to the films in competition, the Nordisk Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries has named the 24 projects pitching at the event. Selected from a pool of 87 submitted documentaries, the full list can be found here.

“We are really happy to see a broad variety of themes and a steady number of projects submitted to Nordisk Forum from both newcomers and familiar faces, all representing a high professional level,” said Kiilgaard.

The Nordisk Panorama takes place in Malmö, Sweden, on September 20-25.

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