The Betrayal

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UK / Norway, 2012, 64'

The Betrayal

Karen Winther

Hate is Bad for your Health


"How long will the adventure last? Maybe one night, one day, one week... But I am not allowed to be away for that long..."

The Betrayal is Karen Winther's graduation film from the MA in Documentary Directing at the National Film & Television School in London. The film is the result of her decision to turn the camera onto herself while looking back at some questionable actions from her teenage years, which still haunt her today.

In the mid-1990s, when Karen was a teenager, a violent conflict broke out in Norway between two extremist youth groups: on one side were the neo-Nazi groups united by their hate of foreigners and their visions for a 'pure' Norway; on the other side were the Blitzers, who loved alternative music and hated everything that the neo-Nazis stood for. A lonely adolescent in search of a sense of purpose and belonging, Karen attached herself to one of the sides, and then to the other. By doing that, she embarked on a dark journey during which she would hurt many people who were close to her at the time.

By combining archival footage, readings from her teenage journal, and raw dialogues with people from her past, in an attempt to gain some perspective into what happened with her, the film-maker accomplishes an honest portrait of the seductive power of extremism and the vulnerability of younger people in search of an identity and a place for themselves.

Are you looking for forgiveness or for understanding?


14 March, 18:00, Cinema Corso

15 March, 20:00, Cinema Union




English, Romanian


National Film & Television School, NFI


BIFF Talent Award, The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival, Norway, 2012
New Nordic Voices Award, Nordisk Panorama 5 Cities Film Festival, Finland, 2012
Sky Arts Best Student Documentary, Grierson: The British Documentary Awards, UK, 2012
Award for Student Documentary, IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2011

DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland, 2013
ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival, Croatia, 2012
Tempo Documentary Festival, Sweden, 2012
Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Canada, 2012
Eurodok: European Documentary Film Festival, Norway, 2012
Reykjavik Shorts&Docs Festival, Iceland, 2012
Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival, Turkey, 2012
Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2012
Sheffield International Documentary Festival, UK, 2012
Dokufest Prizren, Kosovo, 2012