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A Nobel Cause

Production year: 2014 | 1*54 | Genres: Current Affairs, Factual - News, History
A beautifully crafted piece of story-telling - and a real treat…
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Fredsprisens pris
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD

"A delightfully witty, highly individual glimpse behind the normally closed doors of one of the world’s most prestigious bodies, the Nobel Prize committee. As well as providing a rare insight into the idiosyncratic ways of the committee itself, the film offers a shrewd and revealing look at the political fall-out that can follow its more controversial decisions - most notably its recent award of the Peace Prize to the Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo."

Jury citation - Best European TV current affairs programme 2015

In 2010 the Norwegian Nobel committee decided to give the Nobel peace prize to the Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo. This lead Norway into an ice age with China. Chinese authorities saw Liu Xiaobo as a criminal and the last five years there has been no direct political contact between Norway and China. The Nobel Committee claims to be independent from the Norwegian government, but the five members are all former Norwegian politicians, the leader is Norway`s former prime minister and the Norwegian parliament decides who is going to be in the committee. Behind closed doors Norwegian politicians have tried to make peace with China. Then last spring a new bomb is dropped in Norway. The Nobel committee invites Chinas state enemy, Dalai Lama, to Norway to celebrate the peace prize he received in 1994.

In this film we follow the political intrigues in Norway in front of Dalai Lamas visit. Will the Norwegian government have official meetings with the former peace prize laureate and risk even more punishment from China? How far is the Norwegian government willing to go to sweeten the superpower China? And what effect does the independent Nobel committee have on Norway`s foreign policy? 

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NRK documentary wins prestigious Prix Europa 2015 (Oct 2015)

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