Series: Stories of Youth – a portrait of a generation (NOR)
Creator: Paragon Features
Directors: Aleksander Andersen, Martin Lyngstad & Lars Øverli
Producers: Aleksander Andersen, Martin Lyngstad & Lars Øverli
Cinematographers/DOPs: Aleksander Andersen, Martin Lyngstad & Lars Øverli
Screenwriters: Aleksander Andersen, Martin Lyngstad & Lars Øverli
Principal Cast: n/a
Ranked by the UN as the best country in the world to live in, Norway had not experienced a single act of terror since WWII. Then, 22nd july 2011, Anders Behring Breivik killed 62 youths at a summer camp. A few weeks later we embarked on a two-year journey to six different counties in all of Norway, to capture portraits of Norwegian youth in the wake of massacre. In each of the six locations, one of their portraits is of a person who survived Utøya in 2011. These are important, but only so in placing the tragedy into a larger context.
“Stories of Youth: A portrait of a generation” is not only a work mapping contemporary Norway in the aftermath of a national tragedy. “Stories of Youth” contains an international and timeless perspective, addressing topics of importance across cultures and continents: multi-ethnicity, prejudice, success, failure, technology, gaming, death, immigration, wealth, religion, happiness, social media, physical and mental illness, child welfare, parenthood and so on. Why? Because there is more to Norway than wealth and prosperity. In a world plagued with war, hunger and persecution, youth in Norway has already won the lottery. Still, money can’t buy health and happiness. We want to provide insight into what it means to be young in a society that’s both extremely fragmented and connected at the same time. We went beneath the “picture prefect-profiles” on Facebook. We found what is often forgotten in one of the richest countries in the world: real humans living real lives.