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Set against the spectacular landscape of Iceland, the film is a magic realist documentary about invisible elves, financial collapse, and the surprising power of belief. The documentary follows Ragnhildur “Ragga” Jónsdóttir, a grandmother and “seer” who has the ability to communicate directly with a parallel realm of elves, or huldufólk (hidden people), invisible spirits of nature whom over half of Iceland believes in. As one of the country’s most respected seers, Ragga is enlisted by government officials, businesses, and individuals to consult the elves to learn where they can and cannot develop land. But when Ragga is called upon by the elves tp speak on behalf of nature under threat, she enters a political battle to save an ecologically important lava field set to be razed by road construction, just one of the many needless, reactionary projects spurred by Iceland’s sensational financial meltdown in 2008.
The Seer & The Unseen is generously sponsored by The Earth and Humanity Foundation.
As a director, I am interested in making multilayered, unexpected films about landscape, community, and the global economy through character-driven story and an observational “cinema verite” style.. While the connections between, say, the belief in elves and economics, or the trauma of war and mushroom-hunting may not be immediately apparent, I delight in weaving together these unlikely pairs of themes and symbols, looking for how they resonate with each other in subtle, yet powerful ways. By doing so, I believe my work can start conversations about how all humans are deeply interconnected in ways we might never imagine.