The Cruellest Journey

Den Grusomste Reisen / Allein auf dem Niger / Niger - en grusom rejse / Niger : la croisière de tous les défis

A documentary film based on the video diaries of Helge Hjelland.

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)

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

You are welcome to rate our film at IMDB.

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.

documentary, film, travel, expedition, West Africa, Niger, Helge Hjelland, inspiration, Den Grusomste Reisen, Allein auf dem Niger, Niger – La croisière de tous les défis, Niger-floden – En grusom rejse, The Cruellest Journey, Julmin Matka



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