Kyrre Lien
(Norway)
Multimedia journalist,
author of the cross-border multimedia project
«The internet warriors»
For me Dialogue of Cultures is important because we connect with people, despite differences in political opinion, background or nationality. I belive that dialogue can create that connection.
Kyrre Lien
Project
Interview
Contacts
«Monologues about Dialogue»
Kyrre about the role of social media in the modern media space
FESTIVAL OF DOCUMENTARY FILMS AND TV-SPOTS "Here i live"
«THE INTERNET WARRIORS»
Who are the people that get so angry online? Why do so many of them choose to harass people, threaten people, and stretch the freedom of speech to its limits? During the past three years, documentarist Kyrre Lien has met some of the most active online commenters across the world. From the fjords in Norway, to the U.S. desert, a boat in Denmark and an apartment in Lebanon.
I got the idea back in 2013 when looking at online comments and saw how people would react to world news and immigration. For me, that got me curious and I wanted to get to know the people behind the comments.
Crew members
Director: KYRRE LIEN
Cinematography: KYRRE LIEN
Sound: KYRRE LIEN
Edition: KYRRE LIEN
Script: KYRRE LIEN
Translation: KYRRE HELLEVANG TVEITEN
Proofreading: ELLEN EMMERENTZE, THOMMESSEN JERVELL
Financial support: FRITT ORD FOUNDATION, THE GAURDIAN, BERTHA FOUNDATION, VERDENS GANG
Awards
Best Multimedia in Lumix Award in Germany (2018)
Bronze winner in documentary at the Lovie Awards with "The Internet Warrior" (2017)
Finalist for the book "The Internet Warriors" in Lucie Photo Book Prize in New York (2017)
Publications (2017)
The Guardian
Verdens Gang
Der Spiegel
The New York Times
Internazionale
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We asked Kyrre several questions about the forum and his project:
— How did people react to your proposal to become project heroes?
— Many of them I was able to find and contact was willing to participate, they wanted to tell their story and share their opinions on the topics they found important. Off course, many did not want to be interviewed, but that I did expect.
— What was the most difficult part of working on your project?
— Difficult to have stamina to work on a project like this for three years and to find enough funding to make the project a reality.
«Yes, I've been several times in Russia. For me the culture, people and language have always intrigued me and I was exited to come to Russia the first time and to meet the Russian people..

During the "Dialogue of Cultures" I saw a lot of good photojournalism, meet interesting people and see the Hermitage».



Kyrre shares some photos from the exhibition in the Hermitage Theater, where his photo book was exposed, on his Facebook page (on the right).
—Who of the «warriors» was the most difficult to make contact with, and who - easier?
— It was more difficult to find and connect with people as further I came from Norway. Finding people in different languages and cultures when beeing Norwegian was not always easy. Like why do a trucker in the U.S. get a friend request from a guy in Norway, or a refugee in Lebanon? It would take a lot of time and patience to convince some of the people to participate. It was easiest in Norway because here it's easy to find phone numbers to people.
— The heroes of your project are most likely perceived by the viewer as negative. Can you agree with such a categorical judgment?
— I think a lot of people would disagree with opinions of many of the heroes, but many will also look up to them and think they are smart. Our perceptions of the caracthers that are in the film I think also is based on who the viewer is, their political- and socioeconomic background.
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