Rugged road to independence

Ulla Boje Rasmussen, Denmark, 2003

78 min.DK/Documentary

A new film by Ulla Boje Rasmussen, well-known for her documentary films which have focused on the Faroe Islands, the North Atlantic community with 50,000 citizens and 18 islands - a country under Danish sovereignty for over 600 years. In her latest film Boje Rasmussen documents the political shuffling as the Faroese government begins their negotiations with Denmark to pave the way for their "road to independence". A Faroese delegation, arriving on Danish soil, is met by the prime minister, a man unwilling to see himself as the person responsible for a breakdown of the national realm. A political drama is unveiled as the delegation encounters more difficulties than anticipated. Today, the question of independence is still on the agenda - and the Faroese themselves are divided.
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Original title Færøerne.dk
Danish title Færøerne.dk
Other titles Færøernes vej mod selvstændighed
Keywords unity of the Realm, The, Politics, Home rule, Social economy, Independency, 2000-2009, Faroe Islands, The, Denmark
Director Ulla Boje Rasmussen
Producer Tom Winther
Director of Photography Ulla Boje Rasmussen
Editor Anders Villadsen
Sound Ulla Boje Rasmussen
Composer Hans-Erik Philip
Appearance Anfinn Kallsberg, Høgni Hoydal, Helena Dam á Neystabø, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Production country Denmark
Production company Nordfilm Documentaries
Domestic distribution Øst for Paradis
International sales Nordfilm Documentaries ApS / Edithsvej 8 / 2920 Charlottenlund / t 30 61 10 40 / f 30 61 10 49
Festival information Danish Film Institute
Technical info 35 mm, color, Dolby SR
Danish theatrical release 26.09.2003
Cinemas Vester Vov Vov, Grand samt fra d. 27/09 Øst for Paradis (Århus) og Biffen (Ålborg)
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Nordfilm Documentaries
Domestic distribution Øst for Paradis


Direction Ulla Boje Rasmussen


Producer Tom Winther


Cinematography Ulla Boje Rasmussen


Stills Ulla Boje Rasmussen


Editing Anders Villadsen


Music Hans-Erik Philip


Sound Ulla Boje Rasmussen


Appearance Anfinn Kallsberg
Appearance Høgni Hoydal
Appearance Helena Dam á Neystabø
Appearance Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
Appearance Per Højgaard
Appearance Kári Durhuus

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Festival Festival date
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2004-10-19
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2003-09-23
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