Håvard Bustnes: Shirley og Hinda

… English title: Two Raging Grannies. It’s easy for this reviewer to identify with Shirley (born 1923) and Hinda (1929) in their search for an answer to why we always must believe in economic growth as the answer to the world wide crisis, and here specifically the crisis that their city Seattle undergoes. They don’t understand it, I don’t understand it and whenever experts talk economy on television I am lost, as they probably are. A scene like that is not in the film, but there are several other similar situations set up, where the two lovely ladies ask a teacher, a researcher and a professor for the answer. The film is built around their being in Seattle, their travelling to visit experts, and finally their both funny and touching tour to New York, where they go to a Wall Street Dinner and Shirley enters the stage to ask about the need for the constant growth. She is taken away by strong male hands, insulted from the stage by the arrogant speaker (”that was my mother, she is always like that”), afterwards in the hall she is even more attacked through vulgar language, but she has made her point – and the film is about old grannies, who are energetic activists and don’t hesitate to express their opinions.

But what makes the film nice to watch is its warm and gentle description of Old Age as it comes out from their close friendship, their helping each other, their worry for the knee operation that Hinda finally decides to have done (I survived she says on the phone afterwards), their disagreements about strategy for the activism to be performed… It’s all very well presented by the director, he is making us laugh with them when they go around on their mobility scooters trying to make the world a better place – for the generations to come.

The film has its World Premiere November 13 in 44 Danish cinemas (!) through the DoxBio initiative, whereafter it goes into a regular theatrical release format.

Norway, 2013, 78 mins.



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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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