The Cruellest Journey
He had a dream about conquering the 4178 km Niger River in West Africa, but traveled deep into his own humanity.
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.
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Original title: Den grusomste reisen
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
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.
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