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ECFA Award Winner

Tongue Cutters

English title: Tongue Cutters
Original title: Tungeskjærerne
German title: Zungenschneider
Norway, 2017

Director: Melkeraaen, Solveig
Production company: Medieoperatørene AS
Co-producers: Bautafilm AB
Age recommendation: 8 years and up
Length: 85 min.
Film genre: Documentary

A youth doc about young kids from the age of 5 working as cod tongue cutters in Northern Norway.

Hidden between a row of fishermen gutting fish, standing on a floor full of blood and intestines we find Tobias (10). In front of him is a big box filled with cod heads. With an almost frightening pace he slices and cuts the tongues off the heads, and puts them on a big nail.

In the northern part of Norway Tobias and many other children work as cod tongue cutters. The tongues are considered a delicacy, and they are exported around the world to countries like China and Japan. But in Northern Norway they are simply everyday food when in season. The children start from the age of 6, and can earn a lot of money during a winter season. This job has always been reserved for the children, as long as the fishing industry has existed. They even have their own cod tongue cutting championship every February. This winter city girl Ylva (9) from Oslo will spend her winter vacation up in the North. Normally she lives far away from cod heads, sharp knives, fish blood and intestines, but this winter she will visit her grandparents to try and learn the art of cutting tongues, just like her mother and her grandfather did before her.

Tromsø IFF 2017, Kristiansand 2017, Zlin 2017, Filem'On Brussels 2017, doxs! Duisburg 2017, Jef Antwerp 2018, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival: Docs for Kids 2018, Leeds Young Film 2018, Stockholm Junior 2018, Women's Film Festival Dortmund/Cologne 2018, Cinema in Sneakers Warsaw 2018, Galway Film Fleadh 2018, Lucas CFF Frankfurt 2018 (ECFA Award), Kids Film Festival Warsaw 2018

Study guide: German

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