Paul’s thoughts on ISFiT 2017 and discrimination, the festival’s main theme

Words by Paul Emanuel Kalle, a participant of ISFiT 2017.

466 students from 107 countries met in Trondheim to make the world a better place

“It’s a fallacy that walls and fences erode our obligations to other people’s rights.Walls within the human family in a small and distressed planet, in a globalized world, with the largest population of young people that the world has ever seen, such walls and borders, they are untrue, they are irresponsible and they are unconscionable. There is no country on this planet, at this time, in such an interconnected world, that can rightfully stand apart, stay silent or not be at the table of rightful solutions.”
These revolutionary words from Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore, said during the first of seven plenary sessions, show the necessity and the spirit of ISFiT 2017. This year’s topic “Discrimination, why?” could not be more up to date than today, considering the world events happening around us. Discrimination is still happening. Today. Around us. In many different faces and dimensions. Discrimination because of disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, religion, origin, culture, social class and many more. The thriving point is that a person nowadays might be discriminated several times, in several different dimensions.
Looking at discrimination against LGBTQI, according to Matt Beard, CEO of the American registered LGBTQIA rights organization “All Out”, 40% of the people in the world live in countries where being gay is illegal, 400 million are living in countries where gay people are endangered by the death penalty and very soon there could be a new law in the United States of America of the protection of the 1st amendment allowing shop leaders to put up signs stating “No gays allowed”.

Not only do we still have a highly discriminative situation against the LGBTQI community but also in regards to indigenous communities. Chief Wilton Lilltlechild told his tremendously sad story about being displaced from his family, put in a residential school, thousands of miles away from home and being taken away his name: “Your name was taken from you and [you were] given a number. My name in school was number 65. 65 come here. 65 pick that up. 65 you dummy, why don’t you do this. You see what happens to a little boy when you do that?”
Another dimension of discrimination and intersectionality can be seen in the situation in the Middle East. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi stated that “Unfortunately the region in the Middle East is burning in the flames of war and the route of it lies in the lack of democracy in the region. […] and be sure that there will be tranquility in the region once Saudi Arabia and Iran are becoming democratic.” Furthermore, when she was asked about Donald Trump’s influence on the region she stated that “Donald Trump’s presidency has not only failed to better the situation in the middle east but has made it far worse. And I was very sorry to see the travel ban against 7 mainly Muslim countries. […] Am I more a danger to world peace than Donald Trump?!” Here one can see intersectionality since people are discriminated in respect of their political rights, their origin, and their religion.

This is why it was more than necessary that 466 students from 107 countries met in Trondheim under the motto “Ten days without discrimination” in order to discuss how to make the world a less discriminative place to live.
Through a great mixture of events such as art exhibitions, concerts, parties, a project day, the attendance of each participant at smaller workshop groups looking at the theme from different angles as well as inspiring talks with experts from all over the world this festival is fostering intercultural understanding and exchange. Topics of the workshops were among others family, health care, law, and policy or environment. The project day gave the participants the opportunity to learn new skills on how to implement the results of the discussions.
While explaining the concept of a student festival to others, it can be either understood as bone-dry academic discussions between uprising members of the academia or an alcohol soaked music event, this gathering represents something different. A multicultural meeting bursting with inspiration and motivation to make the world a better place.

ISFiT is a place where the world is coming closer together. It was fascinating to see how people from many different countries with many different backgrounds became friends. One important part of this intercultural convergence is the fact the participants are hosted by local residents triggering a multiplication of the ISFiT spirit and the intercultural communication towards the local society and into the world.
While there were many sad, depressive and pessimistic descriptions of the present, there were also a lot of expressions of hope. The Secretary-General of the World Council of Churches stating that he has hope that we will be able to find a way to live together or as Kate Gilson said by referring to human rights: “These principles they don’t prevent our diversity, they establish it. They don’t limit our culture, they protect it.They don’t stop our debate, they empower it.They don’t beige us out, they don’t reduce us to a preferred human being. Human rights create the space in which each and every one of us is entitled to dignity […] The message of human rights is that we can transform society. That we have a right to transform society.”

The List’s photo report: Janove @Byscenen

Our photographer, Kjetil Sandvin Groven, experienced some live music at Byscenen last weekend, which is always our favorite place to catch up with the music scene in Trondheim! Enjoy our photo report from Janove, a concert that was held on Saturday 25 March, and, of course, was sold out.Kjetil_Groven_Websize-2989Kjetil_Groven_Websize_BW-2956Kjetil_Groven_Websize_BW-2835Kjetil_Groven_Websize-2956Kjetil_Groven_Websize_BW-2447

All photos by Kjetil Sandvin Groven

Raw Air in Trondheim

After difficult weather conditions in Holmenkollen, cancellation of a competition in Lillehammer due to strong wind, and chaotic, rapidly changing conditions during the prolog in Granåsen, yesterday’s competition in Trondheim went surprisingly well. The weather compensated jumpers and ski fans for what they have experienced since the beginning of the tournament and allowed for a smooth competition in Granåsen.WP_20170316_18_20_52_Pro Stefan Kraft from Austria won yesterday’s competition in Granåsen taking back the lead in the tournament but also proved his strong position in overall World Cup. Fans that gathered in Trondheim were happy to see Andreas Stjernen on the podium taking second place in the competition. Andreas Willinger was third and it was his ninth podium in the last 10 competitions! Just behind him, Markus Eisenbichler came in fourth scoring only 0.9 less than his colleague from the German team. The winner of prolog, Kamil Stoch from Poland was fifth, followed by another Norwegian, Johan Andre Forfang. Peter Prevc, Richard Freitag, Daniel-Andre Tande, and Roman Koudelka completed the top 10, proving they all are in a great shape.WP_20170316_18_10_34_Pro (1)What exactly the tournament is all about? Raw Air is a Norwegian answer to German-Austrian Four Hills Tournament, one of the most prestigious tournaments in ski jumping. It is also meant to be the most demanding one. Why? It lasts for 10 days without any resting, athletes after one competition head for the next destination and usually compete the same day they arrived at the venue. Qualifications, called prologs and competitions are counted for the overall score. There is literally no time to rest. Four Norwegian hills are hosting ski jumpers and today they just left Trondheim and soon should be arriving in Vikersund. No time to waste, the first competition will be held today’s afternoon. Fingers crossed!WP_20170316_17_16_23_ProWP_20170316_18_53_36_Pro
Words and photos by Kasia Gasiorek

Film reviews: Kosmorama 2017

timthumbYourself and Yours is a truly playful film by a South Korean director Hong Sang-soo. The author has been compared to Woody Allen and there are unmistakable similarities in their cinematic creations. The wittiness and absurdity of their characters and the way the relations between people are shown are strikingly similar.

In Yourself and Yours the director explores modern romance with a focus on its dark sides. The picture starts with conversations which tells a lot about the situation- Minjung’s boyfriend isn’t happy to hear rumors about her heavy drinking and going out with other men. After a violent quarrel Minjung proposes to take a break in the relationship and not to see each other for a while. After that, she mysteriously disappears. Though a person who looks just like her is seen in bars but denies that she is Minjung…

The audience is kept wondering about her true identity and by the time Youngsoo finds her again, it’s not known whether she really has a twin, or somebody looks just like her. However, her boyfriend is smart enough now to play along as she pretends to not know him either… “You shouldn’t call strangers “my dear””, she says.

Hong Sang- soo leads the audience into a mysterious reality, where everyday life meets other dimensions. In the the end of the film Minjung brings pieces of watermelon and while eating, brings up that “we should always eat them like this”. The audience, however, has learned from the stories of the film that nothing is stable and predictable in this relationship, and sometimes it’ s just better to seize the moment instead of trying to catch and keep it…timthumb (1)
Nowhere to Hide is another film that I got a chance to watch during Kosmorama 2017.

It touches completely different topic, however. The main character and cameraman of the documentary, Nowhere to Hide, is a medic and a father of four, called Nori Sharif. Nowhere to Hide follows Nori through 5 years of changes in the war-torn Diyala region. This is one of the most dangerous areas in the middle of Iraq, also called „the death triangle”.

From the moment of the American retreat to the fall of Nori’s hometown, we can follow him filming stories of his friends, patients, deceased and survivors, and soon he himself becomes the main character of the film.

“This used to be a very peaceful place, life used to be simple here”, says the main character in the middle of the fields, where sheep and shepherds are the only ones as far as an eye can see. A shepherd boy asks to send him some dance music to his mobile phone and they start dancing.

In general terms, he sees common things in both war and sickness, which are diagnosis and symptoms. He struggles with defining the diagnosis of the war presented, however. He doesn’t find the logic of the war, just symptoms. They diversify, and thus the track to diagnosis is lost again and again.

The picture won a prestigious IDFA best documentary movie prize earlier in 2016.timthumb (2)Words by Zane Datava

Theatre play review: Langligger

Pressebilde2 Langligger Photo Vegard Schjelderup Wigum.jak-zmniejszyc-fotke_plEven though the story is told in a darkly humoristic and ironic manner, it is far from entertaining because of the topic it covers. An actress, Coby Omvlee tells a personal story of an unfortunate accident and following long hospital and health center stays she has experienced.

Not accusing anyone directly, Coby Omvlee is revisiting her time at the hospital after an accident, trying to understand the medical system in contemprorary Norway and aiming to find out where and why it fails. As I said, no one is directly accused, and all opinions have been taken into account. The author has interviewed many (many!) doctors, nurses, historians, journalists, hospital managers and researchers and interviews are included in the performance.pressebilde1 Langligger Vegard Schjelderup Wigum.jak-zmniejszyc-fotke_plIn a true documentary art manner, authors use excerpts from interviews and hospital equipment to personal photos to tell the story. The video, light projections, shadow plays, and helicopter roaring bring us to the long, routinized days of a hospital stay. Quite symbolically it is the intestine system that has suffered in the accident.

Consequently, the research is deep and aims to the guts of the system.Furthermore, the question of how environmentally friendly hospitals are is being asked. The actress has collected many plastic trays and other disposable equipment hospitals use and throw every day. She’s planning to make an artwork out of that!

Partly being a psychological self-healing, the performance aims to initiate deeper discussion about the medical system in Norway and first and foremost, actualize the need of bringing agency back to the people, the patients, so they would not anymore be seen as a “biomass” or a case of the system, but as human beings and individuals. I have a feeling that daringly asked questions deeply resonate with the theater audience on a windy Sunday evening, and they are going to be re-questioned.

Words by Zane Datava
Photos by Vegard Schjelderup Wigum

Kosmorama 2017: In Defense of Food

Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

These are the cornerstone guidelines of Michael Pollan’s film, In Defense of Food. The film, a less tedious version of his novel under the same name, effectively ebbs and flows between hard scientific facts, shocking statistics and entertaining visuals and storylines. Engaging, informative, and incredibly thought-provoking (dare I say potentially life-altering?), the film is essentially Mr. Pollan-backed by numerous notable scientists, doctors and researchers-imploring the viewer to educate themselves on our currently detrimental relationship with what we eat, and how we eat it. vegetables-1584999_1920Eat food. Or, more specifically, eat real food. Food that your great-great-grandmother would recognize if you put it in front of her.Food that isn’t processed, or altered, or added to or taken away from.

Not too much. This seems obvious. But what most people don’t consider is that we are constantly bombarded and surrounded by food, and lots of it. It takes self-control and knowledge of what your body actually needs to avoid this pitfall.

Mostly plants. Vegetarians and vegans rejoice! It is abundantly clear that, based upon an incredible amount of scientific research, humans are much, much healthier if they eat a mostly (or completely) plant-based diet. Risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and diabetes can all be significantly, if not entirely, reduced simply by eating more plants and less meat and dairy

You are what you eat, after all!

Words by Courtney Lineback

Visiting Technoport 2017 – The Human Factor

The theme behind this year’s Technoport conference is based wholly on the humans behind technology; the interaction between society and technology. How the two connect, feed upon each other and make society as we know it possible. The fact is, in the world as we know it today, one cannot exist without the other.  As speaker Wiebe Bijker of Maastric University explained on day one: “Society is technically built but technology is socially constructed.”

Making the impossible normal
Technoport’s 2017 programme consists of several interesting personalities, with the opening speaker having acted out what for many was a childhood dream; visiting Space. Colonel & Astronaut Chris Hadfield of NASA inspired the audience talking about “The necessity to inspire the young. To imprint upon them a sense of normal that is different from the one we grew up with.”

Hadfield painted a picture of our earliest ancestors, who realized that using a sharp rock would enable you to cut things, like food, revolutionized the world for humans at that time.

Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield at Technoport 2017

When Hadfield joked about how if we ever get the chance to go into space, we should use a straw to drink the water, otherwise the bubble will burst, it made the everyone in the main room chuckle. For most of the delegates (around 1000 of us) attending Technoport – the idea of going into space is a far fetched one, a thought that we would never even let ourselves fantasize about now that we are adults. But what Hadfield is saying, is that when our children tell us they want to become an astronaut, tells us that they want to save the world, that they have an idea which will minimize pollution, or maximize food crops, we shouldn’t laugh at them or pat them on the head. Instead we should indulge them, challenge their ideas, make them further develop the notions they have started talking about, we should let them try out their ideas in practicality. Perhaps they will fail, not only once, but many many times. After all, only the human factor can make real changes in the world and sometimes you have to fail in order to succeed later in life. If it were not for the inventors, the entrepreneurs, the people in these seats, the people populating the planet, we would still be making breakfast without knives and without fire.


And in the end it is all up to us, what future do we want to build? For ourselves and for our children? Why should we colonize the moon, or any other planet for that sake? Well, do as Hadfield and think of a space ship as the Viking ships of our age. In order to expand our society, inhabit other areas, seek other futures for ourselves and future generations, one must think outside the box. This is why we must teach our children to not be afraid to use their brains to solve problems that we face today. Hunger, pollution, diseases to mention but a few. We have to build a society where innovation meets humanity, it is out duty to make the impossible seem normal.

Does such a thing as a shitty idea really exist?
Let’s take a step back to 1885, and imagine Roentgens concept of the X-ray machine, a machine that could see what is on the inside of a patient. Impossible, surely? Not know that we know better, I mean we can use video communication to talk to people on the other side of the planet, we can fly drones in a country far away, all these abnormal ideas that came from SOMEWHERE. It’s a bit like Simone Giertz aka the Queen of Shitty Robots said earlier in the morning. “When I made that helmet which brushed my teeth for me, it was just for fun, I was making fun of myself, but it blew my mind when I got several comments saying that my idea was good! That something like this would really revolutionize the lives of people with mobility issues.”

Simone Giertz
Simone Giertz at Technoport 2017

Through my work in a communications agency in Trondheim, we always work on the assumption that no idea is a bad one… Okay, we all know that’s not strictly true – there will always be a couple of really crap ideas in amongst the 100’s that come up in a day of workshops. But the point behind this thinking is that you DO NOT KNOW which idea will be the good one and which is the shitty one before you delve deeper into it.

So the lesson from today is – don’t be afraid to think outside the box, or to encourage your children to – we never know which might be the next idea to transform our lives and reality as we know it. Day two, here we come….

Photos: Wil Lee-Wright for Technoport


Trondheim International Film Festival is an annual event taking place between 6 and 12 March. Kosmorama embraces a wide variety of cinematic experiences through an extensive film program. This year featuring: New Directors Award, Gourmet Cinema, Kosmokids – the children’s own mini film festival and the Kanonprisen Award Show – a film award show where the industry votes for the most promising films from the previous year. Filmquiz with the Norwegian radio show Filmpolitiet, Virtual Reality and other experiences are also included in the program.Kosmorama_inbetween_05The festival had its upstart in 2005 and has since aimed to provide its guests with film, social events, unique experiences and with inspiration from all around the world. Films are either in English or are shown with English subtitles.170222_391_kosmokids-adressa Not sure which film you want to see? We recommend you read interviews with Silje and Ola, people behind Kosmorama, who in the last issue of The List speaks about how the films are being chosen and what are their favourite positions in this year’s edition. Program can be found here.

Words by Zane Datava
Photos by Kosmorama

Issue 15 hit the streets!

The List Issue 15-cover This time of year has a sense of refresh, renew and restart. Join The List Trondheim in a Great Get Away from winter and old routines and say hi to spring! (it’s coming, right?)TEST_93A0497 copyCoastal Museum in Stadsbygd _93A0263 copy Let us take you on a journey into what Trondheim has to offer in terms of events, exhibitions, and workshops. Learn about must-sees at Kosmorama 2017 and find out what Wedding Fair at Fretex Nardo is all about.The List will also take you outside Trondheim on a mysterious tour across the fjord, introduce you to a concept of green travels in Trøndelag and sustainable shopping, as well as share Trondheim’s Deputy Mayor thoughts on sustainable tourism for development.Wil_Lee-Wright_photo_Rissa_Kommune_93A0078 copy Want to learn more? Go, pick up a copy from our usual distribution spots such as Bror, Selma Bar og Pizza, Norsk Husfliden, Sellanraa Bok&Bar, Vitensentret, Jacobsen og Svart, Kafé Soil or Troll Restaurant, and many many more. Keep your eyes wide open!

Photos by Wil Lee- Wright Photography
Words by Kasia Gasiorek