Experiencing Interruptions?

The bothersome father

Paradox in the land of equality.
After seeing how his own father in Costa Rica lost contact with his two sons from a previous marriage, father and director Paulo Chavarria sets out to try to find some answers.

Now living in Norway -the land of equality- and after his own divorce, Paulo asks: Why do children still lose most contact with their fathers? Is it the best for children? And is it potentially a violation of human rights?

Paulo´s journey takes him back to his homeland to try to understand what happened to his father. In Norway, Paulo meets with fathers, families, activists and experts who want a change in the law. But who are against reforming legislation and why?

Seen from an immigrants perspective this film tells how Paulo´s journey in one of the “most gender equals countries” in the world: Norway. A cross cultural, identity, and human rights film. Bordering biographical and investigative documentary

  • Paulo Chavarria
    Forgotten Heroes, Death -a series about life, Jonah´s Animal World
  • Paulo Chavarria
  • Paulo Chavarria
    Forgotten Heroes, Death - a series about life, Jonahs Animal World
  • Jorunn Børve Eriksen
  • Thomas Endresen
  • Marta Sæverud
  • Paulo Chavarria
  • Christoffer Møgster
    Color grade
  • Tore Vollan
    Cold Case Hammarskjold
  • Geir Wikse
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Den brysomme far
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  • Genres:
    Social, Self-biographic, Human Rights, Social Justice, Gender Equality, Latino, Inmigration, parenting, political
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    158,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Costa Rica, Norway
  • Language:
    Norwegian, Spanish
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Distribution Information
  • T-1272 Film
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights, Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Theatrical
Director Biography - Paulo Chavarria

Paulo Chavarría (b. 1979) was born in Costa Rica, and graduated with honors in Social Communications Sciences at the Universidad de Costa Rica, and also upon receiving his Master degree in Screenwriting at the University of Bergen, Norway. Since then he has been working as a freelancer in many areas; screenwriting, project development, directing, photography, editing and sound. From 2007 he has worked mainly in Norway, where he has written and directed mostly documentary series "Forgotten Heroes" and "Death - a series about life” broadcasted by NRK. The latter is filmed in 25 countries and sold to 15 territories. In 2020 he will release his first documentary series for children “Jonahs animal world” produced for NRK Super. He is also a lecturer at the University of Bergen.
"The bothersome father" is his debut for feature documentary

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Director Statement

Seen from an immigrants perspective my film tells my own story on how I look for answers in one of the so-called “most gender equals countries” in the world: Norway. A cross cultural, identity, and human rights film. Bordering biographical, investigative and activism.
The film shows how an immigrant coming from Costa Rica, usually seen as a “macho” country, has settled in Norway. After many years as a resident in Norway and after a divorce, the director and protagonist of this film starts to make a comparison between the two countries. The director ́ s story of growing up with a father in Costa Rica who was the victim of visitation sabotage and shows that this problem transcends cultural and geographical barriers.
It also aims to shed a light on the problems that a country as Norway, known for its commitment to human rights and equality, still face in the light of issues of divorce, parenting, and gender roles. And it begs the question: if it is like this in Norway, how dire is the situation in other countries around the world?