Happening: Hvellur at Bíó Paradís — The Reykjavik Grapevine

Happening: Hvellur at Bíó Paradís

Happening: Hvellur at Bíó Paradís

Published January 15, 2020

Sam O'Donnell
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Come out and see one of the most important events in modern Icelandic history as told by people who were there.

This documentary tells the incredible story of more than a hundred farmers in Suður-Þingeyjarsýslu who all came together on the night of August 25th, 1970 to blow up a hydro-dam on Laxá (Salmon River) by Lake Mývatn.

The farmers had protested the construction of a power plant in the area, but their voices were ignored. The destruction of the dam prevented the destruction of Laxá and Mývatn. 65 people were charged with a crime, but those who were charged never revealed their co-conspirators. They ain’t no snitches.

This story of rebellion is 60 minutes long with Icelandic audio and English subtitles. Entry is free, and everyone is welcome, so bring all your friends.

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