"GOMPEN…is a film from a staged hearing focusing on the surveillance of dissidents during the Cold War in Norway. Based upon extensive research and produced as a live event, it is simultaneously a documentary, a work of fiction and a piece of political theatre.
From a witness-stand facing a panel of citizens, and in the presence of a small audience, a number of individuals come forward to speak about their personal experience of being surveilled or being agents of surveillance. Many of the witnesses appear under their own names; others are actors representing witnesses who could not attend. Through its unique set of characters and its use of associative montage of different stories and testimony, Gomp: Tales of surveillance in Norway 1948-1989 depicts various aspects and consequences of being surveilled as well as a complex image of Post War Norway.
- There was never a public televised hearing held about the illegal surveillance of dissidents in Norway during the Cold War. So I staged it. GOMPEN… is a film based on personal accounts featuring individuals and actors, the surveilled and the spies combined with archival material and scripted texts. One question: Where does reality end and fiction start when one describes political and historical events?
Lene Berg, Oslo 2014 "
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