THE NORWEGIAN DIRECTORATE FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING (UDIR) IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF KINDERGARTEN, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION. THE DIRECTORATE IS THE EXECUTIVE AGENCY FOR THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND RESEARCH.
The latest campaign from the Directorate has the main purpose of encouraging local governments and educational institutions all over the country to put the huge problem of bullying and victimization of youth on the top of their agenda. The production company Small Film and director Mikkel Ohrvik are visualizing the problem through the big, sad eyes of a young girl in her early teens. We follow her from the early morning while waving goodbye to her parents and throughout the day – and it hurts. It hurts to see how she is excluded into loneliness, in the classroom, in the school yard and while training a team sport. The exclusion is illustrated through the eyes of all involved - the fast glances, the staring, the look. The teachers, the parents and the coach can see what is going on, but no one is saying anything. The slogan is therefore an important statement and put the responsibility where it belongs – with the adults: “Adults creates friendship – together”. The girl is played by Vilde Marie Zeiner, the star of the Norwegian feature film “Reisen til julestjernen” (=The journey to the Christmas Star) from 2012. The beautiful music, which sets the melancholy mood of this important and thought-provoking film is created by singer and songwriter Siri Nilsen. Produced by Elisabeth Enstad and post produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus. Edited by Rolf Thomas Løvig, online and colour grading by Bengt Ove Sannes and sound design by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen. We must add that Hocus Focus has expanded its ordinary area of responsibility, as Henrik Berge has painted the signboard to the youth club – well done.