The weather is pretty crappy in Reykjavík, and it is cold and dark. It
is a season to stay in. Good thing, then, that the good people of
Poppoli Pictures are in the process of opening up an on-line library of
some pretty interesting films you can watch for free.
There is as of yet only one film up there, the enticing documentary
Give Us This Day (Icelandic title: “Íslands þúsund ár”). It is well
worth a watch, as it is provides an eye-opening glimpse into the life
and work of Icelandic fishermen before they got all soft and started
using massive steel trawlers with houses and tanning beds and DVD
players on them. These guys were hardcore, and they risked their lives
daily on open rowboats on the treacherous ocean, so they might bring
home some fish.
To quote the movies description: “This one winter’s day encapsulates a
thousand years fishing and seamanship in Iceland. We gain an insight
into an inner and outer world, where manual labour, man’s beliefs in
Nature, Christendom, superstition and magic are interwoven. This is the
only film of it’s kind so far.”
This is true. It is the only one of it’s kind, and it is an excellent watch.
Go here to view it.