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A New Kind of Wilderness

A New Kind of Wilderness

A New Kind of Wilderness

Dir. Silje Evensmo Jacobsen
84 min

On a small farm in the Norwegian forest, the Payne family seeks a wild and free existence. They practice home-schooling and strive for a closely-knit family dynamic in harmony with nature. However, when tragedy unexpectedly strikes the family, it upends their idyllic world and forces them to forge a new path into modern society.

In A New Kind of Wilderness, filmmaker Silje Evensmo Jacobsen captures an intimate and soulful portrait of love, life, and growing up. The Paynes’ journey, their triumphs and struggles, invite reflection on our own life choices, our responsibility to the planet and our children, and how we navigate life after loss.

A New Kind of Wilderness is an honest and tender film, beautifully shot, and empathetic in its delivery.” –Kristy Strouse, Film Inquiry

Film Details

Release Year: 2024
Runtime: 84 min
Country/Region: Norway
Language: Norwegian, English
Tags: Documentary, Family, Women Directors


Director: Silje Evensmo Jacobsen
Executive Producer: Kim Christiansen
Producer: Mari Bakke Riise, Silje Evensmo Jacobsen
Cinematographer: Silje Evensmo Jacobsen, Karine Fosser, Fred Arne Wergeland, Espen Gjermundrød, Line K Lyngstadaas, Natalja Safronova
Screenwriter: Silje Evensmo Jacobsen
Editor: Kristian Tveit, Christoffer Heie
Composer: Olav Øyehaug


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