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When Terror Hit Norway

Production year: 2011 | 1*49 | Genres: Current Affairs
This documentary sets out to present a complete picture of the worst outrage ever perpetrated in Norway in peacetime.
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: 22.07.2011
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: SD

Friday 22 July 2011 started as an ordinary summer day in Norway. On the small island of Utøya, set in a lake some few kilometres northwest of Oslo, the Labour party was holding its annual summer camp for 600 members of the party's youth organization.

That particular morning they were waiting for their idol, Norway's former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, to visit them. At the same time, back in the capital, a small van laden with explosives was approaching the area occupied by many of the country's most important government offices.

In the ensuing explosion, eight innocent people lost their lives, and later, on Utøya, 71 more, most of them young and some mere children, were gunned down by the same cold-blooded killer; a further 150 people were injured. The 22nd of July is a date that will never be forgotten in Norway. Its ultimate impact on the national consciousness has yet to be determined.

In this documentary account of these tragic events NRK endeavours to reconstruct what actually happened and records the reactions and emotions of those directly involved. The film also includes interviews with Frida Ripland Moberg and Rebekka Hennum, both of whom survived when Utøya was abruptly transformed from an island paradise to a corpse-strewn hell.

This documentary sets out to present a complete picture of the worst outrage ever perpetrated in Norway in peacetime.

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