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The ideology of genocide and crimes against humanity revealed through the stories of survivors.
Bjørn Ihler
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Never again! is what we said after the holocaust. Now 20 years have passed since the genocide in Rwanda, and we see history repeat itself. Through the film we rise issues concerning racial theories, national socialism, and international law concerning genocide and crimes against humanity. At this moment court cases are held against people who took part in the genocide in Rwanda in Germany and France. Many suspects have been convicted in several Europa countries.This is contextualised by the rise of right-wing extremism in Europe in recent years, and Anders Behring Breiviks attack on the labour-youth summer camp on Utøya on the 22/7/2011.

«Rough Cut» will be released on Norwegian cinemas in the fall of 2014.

What We Need Funding For

We need funding to finish our film. What we need to do in order to do that is to:

  • get our last interview, a meeting between Bjørn Ihler, a survivor of the attack on Utøya Island on the 22/7/2011 and Arno Michaelis, a former right wing extremist who participated in the founding of the worlds largest neonazi-organisation.
  • finish editing.
  • complete post production, upgrading of picture and sound to please your eyes and ears.
  • All funds recieved will go directly to funding the completion of the film. And even if we don't reach our goal it'll help massively on the way.


The film ‘Rough Cut - Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity’ is a documentary about the ideologies behind genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and the actions this ideology leads to. Through the stories of survivors and by letting survivors speak on their own behalf the director wish to give a deeper insight into the consequences of such ideology. By doing this the film draws historical and ideological lines between the ideas of the terrorist Anders Bering Breivik, the ideologists behind the genocide in Rwanda and Hitler’s Nazism.

The ideology of genocide is to exterminate a defined group based on constructed ideas of differences in genealogy and culture. A common denominator is often to attack women and children of the group to make it incapable of reproduction. Often others supporting the group, working against the ideologies of genocide are also attacked, such as moderate Hutus during the Rwandan Genocide and the members of the labour youth party in Norway on the 22nd of July 2011.

The film is structured in a way that reveals the process of making the film. This is done by telling the story of Bjørn Ihler, a survivor of Breivik’s attack in Norway in 2011, and his meeting with filmmaker Karoline Frogner and the material and knowledge she has gathered among survivors of the Rwandan genocide. This gives the film a contrapuntal structure; on one side it shows stories of the Rwandan Genocide through meetings with survivors. On the other it shows Bjørn Ihler’s story and the quest for an understanding of the ideological background of both the Genocide and the terrorist attacks on Norway.

There are several similarities between Rwanda and the attack on Norway. Among others we show similarities between the massacre on Utøya and the 1997 attack on a school in the Rwandan province Nyange, where similar methods were used. Together Karoline and Bjørn attempt to gather a greater understanding of the ideology behind these incidents.  

This leads them on trip to Nüremberg where Karoline was invited to show her previous film in the permanent exhibition for the Nüremberg Trials as part of the museums effort to commemorate the Rwandan genocide 20 years after. Nüremberg is the city of the Nazi-party rallies, and the trials against the leaders of the nazi-movement where the concept of crimes against humanity first was used in a trial of law. There they meet researchers, historians and activists who work with both historical and current naziism.

The balance between the stories of survivors and the reflections of the crew create a buffer for the audience that makes the film more relatable. Through archive footage and the stories of survivors the audience are introduced to both horrific and heartwarming stories depicting the worst crimes humanity is capable of, as well as its most heroic and touching moments.

In addition to the stories of survivors, which make the foundation of the film, we include interviews with experts on Nazi ideology, undisclosed letters by Breivik, the stamens of Hutu-power propagandists such as Valerie Bemiki, a journalist in the Hutu-power radio RTLM with whom we have an exclusive interview, and the juridical and political apparatus that is created to prevent and punish such atrocities.

This documentary makes a strong statement against genocidal ideologies, crimes against humanity and war crimes. In an unique way it gives the survivors the opportunity to speak up against the crimes to which they have been subjected. By giving the audience a room to experience the humanity of survivors the film builds a relationship between the survivors and the audience. This makes the material and relatable for the audience while at the same time underlining the serious nature of the stories, events and ideologies depicted.


Who We Are

Karoline Frogner


Karoline has worked as a director of documentaries for more than 20 years. Her focus has always been the survivors, as proven by her first feature 'Time of Darkness' which shows the stories of women who survived the Holocaust. Her goal is to give survivors a chance to tell their stories. For the last 10 years she has devoted herself to working with Rwanda and the survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. She creates politically strong films rising a clear voice against injustices. 'Time of Darkness' and her other productions can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/integritetfilm

Bjørn Ihler


Bjørn Ihler is one of the survivors of Anders Bhering Breiviks attack on the labour-youth summer camp on Utøya, Norway on the 22nd of July 2011. Ever since surviving the horrific event he has devoted his time to work against extremism. He has done this through writing, public debates and theatre as well as giving talks at conferences and institutions. This film is part of his effort to do whatever he can to pervent what happened to him from happening to others.

A letter from Bjørn


In 2011 I survived the attack on Utøya island where 69 people participating in the labour youth party’s summer camp lost their lives.The perpetrator was right wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik. His ideology is a result of hate, violence and ignorance. After the attack I have committed myself to battling those who share his ideology, those who believe the racial constructs of a different time. Those who think a culture is static, a race is better and that these ideals should be protected through the means of violence.

The film ‘Rough Cut - Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity’ is my latest endeavour on my quest to do what ever I can to make sure nothing similar to what happened to me and my friends ever has to happen to anyone else. We’re currently lacking the last 12% of our budget to push us across the finish line. Thus we have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds needed.

If you believe our work is valuable, that far right extremism is bad, and that violence is the wrong way to go please help us out through a donation and by sharing my story and this project with your friends and through social media.

Best regards,

Bjørn Ihler

For more information about me and my story please follow the following links:

Here’s a transcript of my testimony in court:

Here’s a BBC report on what happened and the evidence given by me:

Here’s a CNN interview with me talking about the trial against Breivik and the work we have to do to fight right wing extremism:
link to CNN

The Impact

We believe our film can have a great impact by educating and warning people of the threath of right wing extremism, the ideology of genocide and its concequences. By just rising awareness we hope to play a role in hindering people from joining extremist communities, and to help them leave communities they may allready have joined. 

We also want to make people aware of the history of the ideology of genocide, and what it means for society today and how that will affect our future. Our goal is to battle this ideology, to question it and it's consequences and thus to make the audience question an ideology which is frighteningly widespread in todays societies.

Other Ways You Can Help

Please help us by using the Indiegogo share tools to make your friends and followers aware of our work and to invite them to help. You can also share and like our facebook-page https://www.facebook.com/roughcutfilm

You can also visit and share our website: http://www.roughcut.no/ 

And our blog: http://roughcut.no/blog/

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

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