Private Project

It is not only about fish

It is not only about fish is a movie about the fight of the Sami people and young environmental activists in Finnmark, Norway, against the plan for mineral mines to dump millions of tonnes of deposits into the Repparfjord—a national salmon fjord.

  • kodjo adanledji
  • kodjo adanledji
  • Kodjo Adanledji
  • Ingrid Heinrich
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    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
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    English, Norwegian
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Director Biography - kodjo adanledji

Kodjo Adanledji was born in Togo and lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where he divides his time between making movies and working as a Data Science and Visualisation Specialist for an international organisation. Kodjo discovered his passion for filmmaking during university, where he worked part-time as a cameraman for a Swiss audio-visual company.
In 2013, he founded DemoGraphicsMedia, a media company that produces short institutional films for international organisations located in Geneva. 
Kodjo grew interested in coastal communities around the world after covering the Scientific Oceanographic Expedition in Senegal for the Antinea Foundation in 2013.

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Director Statement

With the creation of this film, it is as if I had returned home. I am not from Norway, but having grown up in a fishing area along the Atlantic Ocean (in West Africa), I am filled with emotion each time I get a glimpse of the sea. I quickly feel comfortable and at home.

One objective of this film is to let the local population speak. It is a juxtaposition of reporting and of observation—especially an observation of nature.

The desire is to precisely portray the calm, measured reaction of the Sami people to what they think is an injustice, without adding any more than the essentials.

The purpose of the camera is to find unique moments and delicate scenes without showing too much or too little—only to accentuate the voice of the people.
The Nordic-reminiscent music is modern, yet nostalgic in order to stress the climaxes of the film.

The ultimate goal of this film is to show the world a disaster that is preparing to enter the heart of a paradise.