The Arctic Camels

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THE ARCTIC CAMELS tells the story of Torarin and his sister Svalin who lives on an island, almost as far north as you can go in Norway. When they want a horse for riding, their parents buy  two Mongolian camels.  But only trained camels can be used for riding. Therefore, the family of Svalin and Torarin  travel to Mongolia to find a professional camel trainer who wants to train the arctic camels in Norway.

Deep into the gobi desert of Mongolia they find a candidate who accepts the invitation to train the camels in the far north of Norway. But Torarin and his family are not quite prepared for Mongolian training methods.

This documentary tells the story of the northernmost camels in the world. The story is told through the eyes and mind of Torarin who is 8 years old when filming starts, and 11 by the end. Read more on

Title: The Arctic Camels
Genre: Documentary
Versions: 75min, 3x25min, 52 min
Year of production: 2019
Director: Karl Emil Rikardsen
DoP: Viggo Knudsen
Drones: Ben Moyle, Dan Jåma, Eirik Heim
Sound Recording: Jonas Jessen
Sound Editor: Rune Hansen, Aurora Filmlyd.
Editors: Tell Aulin, Bodil Kjærhauge, Klaus Heinecke
Grading: Kong Gulerod Film
Music: Ville Langfeldt og Jakop Janssøn
Coordinators Mongolia: Fixers Mongolia
Producers: Knut Skoglund, Karl Emil Rikardsen
Coproducers: Anna Björk, Maria Stevnbak Westergren.
Production companies: Relation04 Media, Pomor Film, Toolbox Film, Giraff Film.
Cinema Distribution Norway: Tour de Force
International Sales Agent: Autlook Filmsales, Austria.

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SIBLINGS ARE FOREVER tells the story of the siblings Magnar (73) and Oddny (70) who run the family farm in the western part of Norway, the same manner as it was run by several generations before them.  From all appearances, it seems that time has stood still for them, without their noticing that time, nevertheless, is running out.

This is a brief, seemingly trivial but nonetheless very special story about unique individuals with an exceptional relationship to life and the surrounding landscape.  

It is about people who live the way many Norwegians lived before petroleum-driven wealth changed almost everything: Closely entwined with the grandiose natural surroundings, while at the same time impoverished in terms of financial wealth. This is a film about people who allowed time to lapse at a slow rate, despite the fact that time in the modern age raced beyond them.

SIBLINGS ARE FOREVER is the most popular Norwegian documentary on cinema between 2007 and 2016. It was also the best rated documentary on TV2 Norway during 2013, and the third best rated first screening of a documentary on the channel ever.  After several reruns, the film has reached 1,9 million viewers in Norway, which is better than any other documentary on TV2.



Genre: Documentary
Length: 75 min/45 min
Year of release:  2013
Director and cinematographer: Frode Filmland
Editors: Anders Teigen/Marius Smit
Sound: Rune Hansen
Producers: Frode Filmland and Karl Emil Rikardsen

International Sales Agent: Toril Simonsen, Norwegian Film Institute

A Grandmother´s Bank

Marit Mihle (80) spends half her pension salary on the microfinancing of small businesses run by women in Palestine. She visits the region regularly but she has never been allowed to enter into the Gaza strip where most of the projects are situated. But she doesn´t give up.
In A Grandmother´s Bank we follow Marit Mihle and her microfinancing activities for almost four years. The idea is that women who wants to start a small business may apply for a loan from Marit´s fund.  The rules are simple: The loan shall be paid back within a year. Ater that, the money will be available for another project.
Marit visits projects on the Westbank and in Israel. But it is Gaza that concerns her the most. That´s where most of the money goes. The Arab Spring and the Egyptian Revolution changes the situation. In 2012, just before her 80th birtday, Marit Mihe finally gets the permission to enter into Gaza.


Genre: Documentary
Length: 59 min/45 min
Year of release: 2013
Languages: Norwegian, English, Arab.
Director: Karl Emil Rikardsen
Cinematographers: Frode Filmland, Håvard Jenssen, Karl Emil Rikardsen
Editor: Erland Edenholm
Sound: Rune Hansen and Gus Al Zabri
Producers: Karl Emil Rikardsen and Vidar Nordli-Mathisen.

During the winter of 2009, two of the  employees in the natural park Polar ZOO locks themselves into the hedge where the bears are sleeping under deep snow. They stick a microphone into the den and hear the distinctive sounds of bear cubs that suck.
A few weeks later they are back to get the cubs to socialize them with people. There are two cubs in the den. The big surprise is that one is albino, white as a polar bear. The staff calls her "Salt". Her brother is named "Pepper".
From now on they will grow up with two of the park's employees as fosterparents. This is the first time someone tries to socialize bears in Norway.

The purpose of socialization of predators is to take away the fear of people so as to create a better life in the natural park.

Nominated to the Norwegian TV Awards 2012

Nominated to the Norwegian TV Awards 2012


Length: 8x25min
Languages: Norwegian, Danish, English
Director: Karl Emil Rikardsen
Cinematographers: Frode Fimland, Karl Emil Rikardsen
Editor: Erland Edenholm
Producer: Vidar Nordli-Mathisen
Financed by NRK
International Distribution:
DR International Sales, Denmark


Reindeer at war

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Genre: Documentary (52 min)
Year of release: 2006
Language: Norwegian og sami (English subtitles)
Directors: Svein Andersen and Karl Emil Rikardsen
Producer: Karl Emil Rikardsen

Reindeer herding in the Mauken area of Troms is threatened by the military plans for expansion and merging of two large military training fields. In addition, property owners and the tourist industry have big plans for the same area. The Oskal family have their herd of 2.000 reindeer in this area. They are now fighting for survival of the industry and culture which has been the family´s way of life for generations.