Documentaries

The Norwegian American Foundation is proud to present its Classic Documentary Collection.

Directed and produced by Steinar Hybertsen of Shybert Productions, these high-quality film documentaries focus on significant people, events, and places in Norwegian history. The NAF Classic Documentary Collection is distributed exclusively by the Norwegian American Foundation, and are in Region 1 (American) DVD format.

Big Dreams: The Kaare Ness Story

Big Dreams: The Kaare Ness Story

Big Dreams from Karmøy to Hawaii: The Kaare Ness Story

Kaare Ness is a true pioneer of the modern fishing industry in Alaska. Born in Norway on the island of Karmøy in 1928, he began his fishing career at an early age when World War II interrupted his basic education. Due to diminishing stocks, the glory days of herring fishing came to an end in Norway, and Ness emigrated to the United States.

He tried his luck with scallops on the East Coast, and became successful enough to build his own boat. He headed to the wild waters of Alaska and shifted his focus to the burgeoning industry of king crab fishing. There he met fisherman Chuck Bundrant, and together the co-founded Trident Seafoods, which is one of the largest and most successful fishing companies along the West Coast, reaching from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands.

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ISBN: 978-0-9818521-5-7

Directed and produced by Steinar Hybertsen, and sponsored by the Norwegian American Foundation. Release: 2008. Length: 51 minutes. Format: United States and Canada.

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The Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan: New Hope for Norway and Europe

In December 1953, George C. Marshal, the U.S. Secretary of State, traveled to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Marshall was honored with this prestigious award for the plan that carried his name.

The Marshall Plan, an initiative to rebuild war-torn Europe, was first presented by George C. Marshall at a speech at Harvard University in 1947. The plan was approved by the U.S. Congress in 1948.

This documentary focuses on how Norway, a damaged and poor nation following World War II, was rebuilt with the help of the Marshall Plan. By the time the plan had come to completion in 1952, the economy of every participating nation, with the exception of Germany, had grown well past pre-war levels.

The aid that Norway and Europe received through the Marshall Plan was not without political controversy. Russia’s decision not to participate in the Marshall Plan ultimately led to Europe splitting into two major blocks, the East and the West, and the development of NATO. These difference resulted in the Cold War, which lasted from 1948 to the early 1990s, and was marked by the first major conflict, the Berlin Crisis, when Russia built a wall that separated Germany into East and West.

Includes material from the National Film Archives in Washington, D.C., Norwegian film archives, and national archives from Germany.

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ISBN: 978-0-9818521-3-3

Directed and Produced by Steinar Hybertsen, and sponsored by the Norwegian American Foundation and Leif Hoegh Stiftelsen. Release: 2007. Length: 48 minutes long. Format: United States and Canada.

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Crown Princess Martha: The American Story

Crown Princess Martha: The American Story

Crown Princess Märtha: The American Story

Born a Swedish Princess and married to the Crown Prince of Norway, Crown Princess Märtha was forced to flee her adopted country with her three children. Chased by German storm troopers, the family moved secretly from house to house, fearing for their lives. She escaped across the Atlantic and made a special friend in perhaps the most powerful man in the world. This would change her life and positively impact the relationship between Norway and the United States forever.Made in honor of Norway’s 100 years of independence in 2005, “Crown Princess Märtha: The American Story” celebrates the close ties between Norway and the United States, the Norwegian American community, and the extraordinary life of Crown Princess Märtha.

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ISBN: 978-0-9818521-0-2

Directed and produced by Shybert Films, and sponsored by the Norwegian American Foundation.   Released in 2005. Length: 52 minutes. DVD format: United States and Canada.

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Henrik Ibsen: The Father of Modern Drama

Henrik Ibsen: The Father of Modern Drama

Henrik Ibsen: The Father of Modern Drama

This film is a journey through the life of Henrik Ibsen and his contributions to modern theater, starting with his beginnings in Skien, Norway, and following him through his time in Denmark, Germany, Italy, and back again.

Ibsen wrote most of his plays abroad, and the documentary follows him through stays in Dresden, Munich, Gossensass, Rome, Sorrento, Amalfie, and Ischia. His personal correspondence provides viewers with insight into the experiences and impulses important to him, and helps to answer important questions about his continual travel. He never saw his family again after he left Skien at age 19, and did not have a permanent home until his return to Oslo later in his life.

This film analyzes the 28 different plays from Ibsen’s productive life, specifically focusing on Peer Gynt, A Doll’s House, and Hedda Gabler, and how these plays were received on the world stage. The first films based on Ibsen’s plays and produced in the United States in 1915 are shown.

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ISBN: 978-0-9818521-1-9

Directed and produced by Steinar Hybertsen of Shybert Productions. Release: 2006. Length: 60 minutes. Format: United States and Canada.

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Et Ski-Eventyr: Norwegian Ski Legends from 1850-1950

Et Ski-Eventyr: Norwegian Ski Legends from 1850-1950

Et Ski-Eventyr: Norwegian Ski Legends from 1850-1950

This documentary consists of six 30-minute programs, and shows how the sport of skiing developed in Norway and how it spread throughout parts of the world. Stories and personalities in the world of skiing are complemented with re-enactments, old photo archives, and film clips from international ski archives, some of which have never been seen before on television.

In the Lost Sierra Mountains of California, we meet ski pioneer Snowshoe Thompson and learn of his legendary mail routes to the remote mining camps. We meet Carl Howelsen from Asker who won Holmenkollen in 1903, and later became the father of skiing in the state of Colorado. The first Winter Olympics in Chamonix was almost boycotted by the Norwegians, but ended up winning almost all the medals. Later in the Golden Age of ski jumping, we see amazing footage of ski tournaments in the United States at Soldier Field and Colosseum Stadium in Los Angeles. Own a piece of Norwegian history today!

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ISBN: 978-0-9818521-4-0

Produced and directed by Steinar Hybertsen. Exclusive Olympic film from Oslo is produced by Dick Durrance. Release: 2007. Length: 180 minutes. Format: United States and Canada.

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Aurlandsdalen: Ei historisk vandring

Aurlandsdalen: Ei historisk vandring

Aurlandsdalen: Ei historisk vandring

The Norwegian west coast won first place in National Geographic’s “The World’s Best Destinations” listing. Aursdalen is a valley in fjord country and has one of the most spectacular hiking trails in Norway. The documentary Aurlandsdalen: A Historic Journey tells the story of an area in Norway that rose and fell and is rising again.   The film features historic footage and photographs of the people and landscape of Aurland to illustrate the history of the region.

Aurland, located in Western Norway, northeast of Bergen, was a farmland in a close-knit community prior to the latter half of the 19th century.  The film transports the viewer through time, on a journey of a community that faced loss and decline, but found itself once again through tourism and an environmental movement in response to rapid development. We meet local people telling their stories of the past in a guided tour through the valley’s breathtaking scenery, and we also meet third-generation Norwegian Americans who are seeking their roots, and who find the area almost as it has always been.

Told through the eyes of Norwegians and Norwegian Americans with deep family roots in Aurland, the film successfully conveys a message of hope for the continuation and preservation of important historical places. The film chronicles the journey of a region, telling of its ebb and flow, how a community rose and fell, and is once again finding a way to revitalize itself.  An informative and important documentary, it is a must-see for Norwegian Americans and history buffs alike.

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ISBN: 978-0-9818521-2-6

Directed and Produced by Steinar Hybertsen, and music composed and performed by Secret Garden. Release: 2005. Language: Norwegian with English subtitles. Length: 48 minutes. Format: United States and Canada.

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