Utøya film creates strong reactions
A short film clip on Youtube has made victims of the Utøya massacre and members of the AUF very upset.
An American director is in the process of making films about the Utøya massacre. Relatives of vicitims have reacted strongly, and the Norwegian police have asked the movie people to consider removing a clip that has already been posted on the internet.
The film played in various locations in the United States, writes VG. The trailer is posted on the website YouTube, and shows among other things, a blond man in the Norwegian police uniform shooting children.
The film clip has aroused strong reactions in the AUF. To VG’s knowledge, the organization has requested assistance from the police. In an e-mail to the manufacturer, the police asked him whether the trailer could be removed from YouTube.
“We request that they should consider removing the film cut. This is based on the responses the police have been given that this seems offensive,” says head of information Unni Grøndal in Oslo Police.
Labour Youth League coordinating counsel Frode Elgesem confirms that the trailer seems to have had a strong impact on the families. He believes it is inappropriate to make a film about this subject now.
Acting Head of the AUF, Silje Grytten, says she does not see any reason why the U.S. video should get attention in Norwegian media. She confirms that if the posted material on the Internet is perceived as a violation against the Labour Youth League members, the organization will try to get it removed
VG has not managed to get a comment from the film’s director Vitale Versace. Producer George Anton says the feature film was made in sympathy with the victims of the tragedy. He hopes it will help to change weapons laws in the United States.
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