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Lapp Hat

Documentary by Saniola Productions (Norway): Guo Saniola Bjerk (director, producer, cinematographer), Torstein Nodland (cinematographer), Morten Daae (film editor), Torkil Lund Johansen (composer)

awarded with the Erasmus EuroMedia Special Award for Education and Ethics
sponsored by eco-c

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Laudatio by Karina Kaiblinger, eco-c

‘We cannot NOT communicate.’, says one of the five axioms of communication from Paul Watzlawick. And we feel this everytime when we are interacting with people. However, communication does not necessarily mean to talk. Communication does also mean to listen.

Guro Saniola Bjerk took her time and listened. She listened carefully. She listened actively and with a lot of attention to what the people from Finnmark had to tell. It is an honour for ECo-C, the European Communication Certificate, to take the opportunity to award Guro Saniola Bjerk and Saniola Productions for their docu report ‘Lapp Hat’. Both, Guro Saniola Bjerk and ECo-C are in each of their own ways involved in bringing different people closer to each other – by listening to them and their concerns. Guro Saniola Bjerk as a dedicated journalist and film director and ECo-C as an educational program in communication and personal skills.

All over Europe public discourses are so often conducted on a demagogic level when it comes to the topic how different ethnic groups and civilisations should live together within one region or nation. The discourses are dominated by one certain group, it is played with prejudices, with the fears and the concerns of the people, with different interests.

Guro Saniola Bjerk did not choose this way for her docu report. Her approach is characterised by sensitivity and awareness to the topic and tactfulness to the people. She listened to all people and gave room to every individual feeling and opinion. She chose the dialectic way. That’s why Lapp Hat is that special. It stands for a discourse which is not characterised by opportunistic interests but by an ethical approach.
Therefore ‘Lapp Hat’ deserves to be awarded by the Erasmus Euromedia Special Award for Education and Ethics 2011.


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