Freedom of expression under pressure

When the Norwegian film maker Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen was working on a documentary about Ubaydullah Hussain and the Islamist community in Norway, portions of the film footage were confiscated by the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) and the film maker’s work was impeded. The Supreme Court later upheld Rolfsen’s claim that PST had broken the law. The documentary The Magnitsky Act, by the Russian film maker Andrei Nekrasov and the Norwegian film company Piraya Film concerns the circumstances surrounding the death of the lawyer Sergej Magnitskij, who died while in Russian police custody in 2009. The film was removed from the programme of the Short Film Festival in Grimstad following threats of a lawsuit from one of the key individuals in the film, the American businessman William Browder. The world premiere of the film later took place in Oslo. Are these two examples evidence that freedom of expression is also under pressure in Norway? And what was it that actually happened? Meet Imtiaz Rolfsen and Nekrasov in conversation with Norwegian PEN’s Anders Heger.

When:Friday 2. June at 14:00
Where:Bjerkebæk
Price:120 kr
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Info:The conversation will be in English
 

Guests

Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen

Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen (født 4. mai 1972 i Oslo) er en norsk filmregissør. Har arbeidet med film siden 1995, og har laget flere reklamefilmer og musikkvideoer. Hans produksjon kom i medias søkelys i 2015 da PST beslagla råmaterialet til dokumentaren Rolfsen arbeidet med. Det var materiale fra en kommende dokumentar om Ubaydullah Hussain og islamistmiljøet i Norge. Senere det året vant han ankesaken mot PST i Høyesterett.  More >

Andrei Nekrasov

Regissør Andrei Nekrasov er utdannet film og teaterregissør fra St. Peterburg, og har laget både fiksjonsfilm og dokumentarfilm i tillegg til teater. Filmene hans er blant annet vist i Cannes (Springing Lenin, Rebellion ‐ The Litvinenko Case) Sundance og Berlin (Lubov and Other Nightmares, Russian Lessons). Hans siste film, Russion Lessions, er også produsert av Piraya Film og Torstein Grude, og vant Gullstolen i Grimstad i 2010 og ble nominert til Amanda samme år More >

Anders Heger

(Bjørn) Anders Heger is a Norwegian writer and publisher. Recently, he wrote the foreword to Astrid Lindgren’s Krigsdagbøker. Heger is a member of Norsk PEN and PEN International. More >

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