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A racist decides to burn the Qu’ran as an act of free speech in Norway. This is the extent of the logic behind Lars Thorsen’s publicity stunts for his Islamophobic hate group, Stop the Islamization of Norway (SIAN). Thorsen’s antics are unoriginal and offensive, but his protests have the desired dual effect of attracting attention (and outrage) and forcing the police to protect his right to self-expression. To understand SIAN’s inner workings and strategies, the filmmakers present themselves as neutral journalists to Thorsen and his followers. For three years, they watch the braggart entreat anyone in public squares or parking lots to debate his rhetoric and then hide behind the law when his “knowledge” is challenged. What co-directors Fabien Greenberg and Bård Kjøge Rønning deliver is a revealing look at provocation for provocation’s sake, laid bare in a street-level battle for democracy.


  • Director(s)

    • Fabien Greenberg
    • Bård Kjøge Rønning
  • Producer(s)

    • Bård Kjøge Rønning
    • Fabien Greenberg
  • Writer(s)

    • Bård Kjøge Rønning
    • Fabien Greenberg
  • Editor(s)

    • Linn Heidi Slåttøy
  • Cinematography

    • Fabien Greenberg
  • Composer

    • Kenneth Ishak
  • Sound

    • Bård Harazi Farbu

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