Posts Tagged ‘Helge Hjelland’


The Cruellest Journey at Phoenix (German tv)

August 2, 2010
Den Grusomste Reisen / Allein auf dem Niger / Niger - en grusom rejse / Niger : la croisière de tous les défisScreening at Phoenix TV channel in Germany on the 13th August at 23:15.

He had a dream about conquering the 4178 km Niger River in West Africa, but traveled deep into his own humanity.

Exactly 200 years after the scottish explorer Mungo Park died while trying to travel the whole of the Niger river, the norwegian adventurer Helge Hjelland tries the same.

Western Africa: The Norwegian adventurer Helge Hjelland travels the entire Niger River as the first man ever. This is a story of a remarkable and different type of adventurer – a guy who becomes motivated by Nature’s difficult and rough obstacles as well as heartwarming meetings with the local people. Through his camera we come along on a historic yet modern journey. In confrontation with the rough climate he soon realizes why no one has done this journey before him. And near the ocean, he experiences something that turns everything upside down.

This documentary film premiered at Bergen International Film Festival in october 2007 with the whole family of our fellow co-producer and para-glider enthusiast Fridtjov Konglevoll, who died in a tragic microplane accident just before we got into production.

It has been screened several times at the following tv-channels:
TV2 (Norway),
DR (Denmark),
YLE FST (Finland),
ARTE (Germany & France)
ZDF neo (Germany)
Phoenix (Germany)

Film Festivals:
Premiere at Bergen International Film Festival in October 2007
The Norwegian Documentary Festival 2008
WT Os Film Festival 2008

Original title: Den grusomste reisen
Type: Documentaries
Director: Geir Kreken & Fridtjov Konglevoll
Screenplay: Arild Mehn-Andersen
D.O.P: Helge Hjelland & Arild Mehn-Andersen
Editor: Geir Kreken, Ingrid Spildo, Arild Mehn-Andersen
Composer: Eugene Guribye, Sanjally Jobarthe
Animations: New Man’s Land – Joel Toledo & Daniel Moreno
Color Grading & Mastering: Frø Film og Media – Paulo Chavarría
Sound: Jørn Rathe & Pål Terje Nygård
Digibeta: BUG
Producer: Arild Mehn-Andersen & Fridtjov Konglevoll
Production company: AMEHN production
Co-Producer: Norsk Dokumentarfilm
Country of origin: Norway
Length: 43 min, 50 min, 58 min.


Screening in Denmark

June 14, 2010

It’s finally time for The Impossible River Journey – or as it is called in danish; Den umulige flodrejse, to be screened in Denmark.

The screening of both episodes takes place at DR2, the danish documentary channel, at the 15th & 16th of June, at 23:00.

Therefor you can all enjoy the hot summer night, see all world championship matches, and settle down for an adventurous journey into the not so very well known South Africa.

Maybe also you, will get inspired by Helge Hjelland and his fellow traveller, Joseph – the illegal refugee from South Sudan.


Sold to DR in Denmark

May 26, 2010

The Impossible River Journey is sold to DR in Denmark, and are ready to be screened on DR2 on the 15th and 16th of June.

Also our last project with Helge Hjelland, The Cruellest Journey, was well received by the danish audience though several screenings.

We are looking forward to meet the danish viewers again!


Premiere party

May 22, 2010

Helge Hjelland on his way to the premiere party.


We would like to thank each and everyone of you whom participated at the premiere of The Impossible River Journey.

A film is never finished before it meets the audience, and we were honored by the crowd whom decided to sit inside a dark cinema while the summer finally arrived Oslo.


Premiere party at Innvik in front of the Opera.

Both films were screened and was very well received by the audience, being both touched and entertained, just as we hoped for. Thank you all for great reviews and words.

Several guests travelled long distance to participate, from both Bergen, Flekkefjord, Grimstad and Tanzania!

Premere party at the bow of Innvik.

Even the South African embassy was present at the premiere screening at Filmens Hus.

Hopefully we will get an opportunity to screen the films in South Africa in time as well.

A happy sunny premiere indeed.


What’s the name of the journey?

April 21, 2010

What's the right name of the journey?

As the editing is finalizing in the steady hands of our editor Torkel Gjørv, we are again questioning ourselves:

What is the right title?

The documentary film is definitely about the adventurer Helge Hjelland, crossing South Africa in a canoe on two rivers with the same source. It is certainly about the diverse meetings through the African continent, and a portrait of the best and worst in human kind. And it is also a refugee story, and a portrait of a country still struggling with its heritage from apartheid.

Is it a Journey through South Africa? Or is it a A journey in the shadows of Apartheid? What about My South African Diary? Or A South African Odyssey? Or Through the Shadows of Apartheid? We have also received the suggestion A South African adventure?

Hopefully the title will be settled within a week. Stay tuned and keep sending suggestions!


In the Shadows of Apartheid first episode

April 16, 2010

Joseph, a refugee from South Sudan, becomes Helge's partner down the Tugela River.

The second edit of In the Shadows of Apartheid‘s first episode is soon ready. In this episode we follow Helge Hjelland down the Tugela Falls, the worlds second largest waterfall, and further down the Tugela River to the Indian Ocean.

It’s a spectacular journey where Helge Hjelland meets Joseph, a refugee from South Sudan. They become partners down the river. We are impressed by both and excited about doing some test screenings in the following days.

Still much remains, both the music score and animation sequences are not set, but they are close and on the way.


In the shadow of Apartheid in two episodes

April 7, 2010
Helge and Joseph

The team is on their way down the mighty Orange river.

After doing the first rough cut it became clear for us and TV2 that the material was of such a quality that it needed more space.

Therefor we have now changed format from one single documentary film of 50 minutes, to a mini-series with two episodes of 48 minutes each. Obviously this gives us a the opportunity to give both the Tugela River and the Orange River its own episode. Each river with its own distinct story to tell about the life that goes on in a diverse South Africa, full of complexity and nuances.

In the future, this also opens up a third and exciting alternative. A longer feature version for Film Festivals and showcases? Time will tell.

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