Bjørn Ihler

ABOUT

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I'm  a storyteller . My educational background from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts is within producing theatre and video content for the stage. My goal was always to use storytelling, theatre and video for political means on the international stage, as I firmly believe one through storytelling rather than traditional politics have the ability not only to speak to the intellectual, but also the emotional side of people, changing and challenging destructive patterns of thought and action.
My need for using my skills to tell stories for peace did however become evident after I survived the massacre on Utøya Island in Norway on the 22/7-2011. Since then I have dedicated myself to working against similar acts of terrorism, violent extremism, hatred and violence. I'm therefore now based in Istanbul completing a Master in Peace and Conflict Studies, to add another theoretical aspect to my creative output.
Through film I seek to explore and challenge the boundaries between reality, fiction, beliefs and understandings. I seek to touch hearts in order to change minds. I'm a documentarist and an artist and find creativity in the intersection between fact and fiction. First and foremost I'm a believer in the value of story, everyone has one, everyone owns one, and to tell it can be the first step on the way to recognising our own humanity and the humanity of others, thus creating peace.

BIOGRAPHY

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Bjørn Ihler (b.1991) is an activist, writer and filmmaker working against the ideology of racism, hatred and violent extremism. His work is greatly founded in his experiences as a survivor of the attack on Utøya Island in Norway on the 22/7/2011. Even though the event worked as a catalyst and focused his work traces of both his methods and beliefs date back to before the events and his work for human rights and dignity.
In 2010 he started his bachelors degree in Theatre and Performance Design and Technology at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with the goal of becoming a filmmaker making films making people reflect over the societies and communities in which they lived, their issues and how to tackle them. In 2013 he graduated on time despite of the act of terrorism that was to colour his time as a student.
His work includes numerous articles for both national and international newspapers discussing and debating the events and their background. Through participation at conferences such as The Oslo Freedom Forum and in networks such as Against Violent Extremism his story has brought inspiration to other activist as well as valuable connections internationally. In 2013 he participated in writing the play ‘The Events’ By David Greig, uncovering the situation of a survivor after an incident resembling the attack. Bjørn is currently producing the film ‘Rough Cut - Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity’. Through the film he and Producer/Director Karoline Frogner uncovers the similarities in ideology between right wing extremists, neo-nazis, racism and the ideology behind genocide. This is done by drawing on the experiences of survivors, activists and formers, from Rwanda, Norway, Germany and the US, by letting them tell their stories.
Through a growing international network Bjørn continues his work to uncover injustice and hatred. Through the means of art, openness, freedom of expression and dialogue he does whatever he can to make sure none will ever have to live through atrocities similar to what he in 2011 had to live through.

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