BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
Norwegian documentary
Den grusomste reise

The Cruellest Journey

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Den grusomste reise
Norge / 2007 / 50 min
DIRECTOR:
Geir Kreken & Fridtjov Konglevoll
The adventurer Helge Hjelland travels the entire Niger River as the first man ever

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.

Geir Kreken & Fridtjov Konglevoll

Geir Kreken graduated from Lillehammer Høgskole and works in Bergen as a freelancer. He has directed several documentaries for TV, among them MORE THAN A WEDDING (BIFF 03) and NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL (NRK).

Fridtjov Konglevoll, director, producer and photographer, specialized in aerial photograhy and shot several aerial scenes for feature films, television series and documentaries. He died under tragic circumstances January 19th, 2007 in a microplane crash.