Reykjavik Rising


Reykjavik Rising


In October 2008 Iceland was hit with one of the biggest financial disasters any nation in the world had experienced. In response, citizens took to the streets creating what is now known as the “Pots and Pans Revolution”.

In response to widespread media silence and a growing global trend towards people-led movements, this documentary explores how and why the people of Iceland resisted the measures imposed by their government following the crisis of 2008 and how they forced their government to resign in an attempt to forge a new political path.

Filmed in Reykjavik between 2012 and 2014, the documentary meets the instigators of the revolution and follows the most important National Referendum in Iceland’s history. Giving the Icelandic people the opportunity to decide whether to support a constitution that had been created through a popular grassroots movement. Through this we explore the Icelanders' story of their nation and their revolution but also what lessons can be learned globally from their experiences.

In light of a growing international trend towards grassroots movements crossing over into mainstream politics. This documentary is a timely portrayal of one such movement and their struggle to change the face of democracy.

Premiere - Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival - 18th July 2015

Reel News event – Stoke Newington, London - 10th September 2015

Positive Money (Hammersmith Group) Film Screening - December 2015

Cinematters event – Dalston, London - 3rd January 2016

Observatoire Diversité Culturelle – Les Lilas, Paris - 20th January 2016

Positive Money (Edinburgh Group) Film Screening, Brass Monkey, Edinburgh - 22nd March 2016

New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival – 26th April 2016

Institute of Possibility, San Francisco - May 2016

Norwich Radical Film Festival - 13th July 2016

Seventh Annual Conference in Promoting Political Economy, Lisbon - 7th September 2016

Cine Pobre Film Festival, La Paz, Mexico - 18th October 2016

Document One International Human Rights Film Festival, Glasgow - 23rd October 2016

Respect Belfast Human Rights Film Festival - 10th January 2017

Plymouth Radical Cinema - 9th May 2017

Brazilian International Labour Film Festival - May 18th 2017

Workers Unite Film Festival NYC - 23rd May 2017

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a screening.



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