When Pride Came To Town

17 min, 2018

When Pride Came To Town / Bygdehomo

The story of Norway's first rural Pride parade. We meet 52-year old Bjørn-Tore, who fled to the big city in order to escape the everyday homophobia he experienced in his rural hometown. When the very same village is hosting Norway's first rural Pride parade, Bjørn-Tore is filled with mixed emotions about returning to take part in the parade. Tension rise as a local church group organize an anti-LGBTQ rally, just weeks before Pride.


The Atlantic: Norway’s First-Ever Rural Pride Parade
Aftenposten (in Norwegian): Bygdehomo

Directed and produced by Julia Dahr & Julie Lunde Lillesæter
Cinematographer: Julie Lunde Lillesæter
Editor: Mathias Askeland
Producer Aftenposten: Jonas Brenna
Assistant producer & Researcher: Johanne Kristensen Sandvik
Sound design: Karoline Fjugstad Wendelborg
Archival research: Aurora Hannisdal

A co-production with the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. Made possible by the support of AftenpostenBergesenstiftelsen, FoFoGoFo and Viken Filmsenter.

Best Short Documentary (The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival, 2019)

"A moving film [...] with a careful and unique visual language. As a viewer you care about the main character, and the opponents are presented in a nuanced way. We are impressed with how much the film is able to say in such a short time."– Jury comment

Best LGBT Short (Queen City Film Festival, 2019)

Oslo Fusion Film Festival, 2018, Norway
Minimalen Short Film Festival, 2019, Norway
American Documentary Film Festival, 2019, USA
Atlanta Film Festival, 2019, USA
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival, 2019, Norway
Nordic/Docs, 2019, Norway
North x North Festival, 2019, USA
Diaspora Film Festival, 2019, South Korea
Cine-Sister, 2019, United Kingdom
Helsinki International Film Festival, 2019, Finland
Oslo Short Film Festival, 2019, Norway
Bolton International Film Festival, 2019, UK
Nordisk Panorama Film Festival, 2019, Sweden
OsLove Film Festival, 2019, Norway
Queen City Film Festival, 2019, USA
Best of Norden, 2019, Sweden
Leeds International Film Festival, 2019, UK