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The Fathers

Production year: 2011 | 1*41 | Genres: Current Affairs
Who where the fathers of Anders Behring Breivik
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Fedrene
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD | I sound

The Norwegian terrorist has himself refused to discuss his home life, but in this programme, for the first time, two of his closest relatives speak openly of the mass murderer's childhood and adolescence.

Under questioning, accused terrorist has consistently refused to speak of his childhood and upbringing. In this NRK Brennpunkt documentary, however, two of those closest to him provide an illuminating insight into his home life and early years.

Media coverage of last year's outrage, worldwide as well as in Norway itself, was overwhelming. Tens of thousands of newspaper articles were devoted to the two attacks, as were countless hours of radio and television broadcasting time. There have been interviews with survivors, relatives of those killed and injured, psychiatrists, police officers and defence lawyers. But one source has remained lacking throughout: the views of people who knew Breivik before he became a terrorist.

In this film we meet two of those who most probably knew him best of all, or were in a position to do so, his father and his stepfather.
Breivik's father has never previously spoken openly on television of his difficult relationship with his son, of the shock he felt when he realized that it was his own child who had taken the lives of 77 innocent people, and of his despair on receiving the news.

And no one had tracked down Breivik's stepfather - until members of the Brennpunkt team rang his doorbell in Thailand. Here, for the first time, this man talks frankly of the boy who was 12 years old when the two first met, the boy for whom, in the 12 years he lived together with his mother, he became a stand-in father.

The Fathers presents a clear, unvarnished picture of the two men, both of whom speak candidly of the man who, to the world at large, is a terrorist and heartless mass murderer, but to them is still, quite simply, Anders.

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This program is featured in the following article(s):

NordicWorld in CINEUROPA; As the Utøya anniversary approaches, Nordic World adds to catalogue (Jul 2012)

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