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Michael Moore ‘invades’ Norway in latest film

Controversial American director Michael Moore visited Norway and a handful of other European countries for his film 'Where to Invade Next', which hits Norwegian theatres on Friday.

Michael Moore 'invades' Norway in latest film
American film director Michael Moore visits Norway in his latest film. Photo: nicolas genuine/Flickr

In Moore's new film, he “searches the world for answers” to some of the problems faced by the United States.

The movie is Moore’s first in years following the release of successful films like 'Sicko', 'Bowling for Columbine' and 'Fahrenheit 9/11'. In 'Where to Invade Next', which was released for American audiences at the end of 2015, the director visits France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Iceland, Finland and Norway.
 
During the Norwegian part of the film Moore highlights the national prison system, something that has caused plenty of interest worldwide with articles in Vice, The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, among others.
 
The trailer for the film shows Moore speaking with a Norwegian inmate at the Bastøy low-security prison. 
 
“You're in prison for murder,” the director says. 
 
“Yeah,” answers the inmate. 
 
“Right behind you are some very sharp knives,” Moore responds incredulously. 

Norway’s prison system has long drawn interest from abroad, particularly after the imprisonment of Anders Behring Breivik, who committed the nation's worst atrocity in modern times by killing 77 people in 2011.

Halden Prison, where the mass murderer was initially held, was described as “modern, cheerful, and alien for an American” by the New York Times and the “most humane” prison in the world by Time Magazine.

The domestic terrorist, however, has complained that his conditions in Halden and the Skien Prison, where he is now held, amount to “torture” and has sued the state. Among his 'torturous' conditions are drinking cold coffee and eating frozen meals heated in a microwave — a fate he described as “worse than waterboarding”.

Even Breivik, the nation's most notorious criminal, has prison conditions that are far more generous than what is allowed for the typical inmate in the US prison system.

He has access to three cells — one for living, one for studying and a third for physical exercise — as well as a television, a computer without Internet access, a games console, books and newspapers, and puzzles. He is able to prepare his own food and do his own laundry.

'Where to Invade Next' opens in Norway on Friday. You can check out the trailer here:

 
Moore also visited Norway when creating his film 'Sicko' about the US health system. The Norway segment was ultimately dropped because the nation's high standard of living was “so scary I couldn't put it in the film”, as the filmmaker put it.
 
Then too he visited Bastøy and called it a model for the “prison of the future”.
 
That footage can be seen here:
 

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Norway mosque shooter ‘has admitted the facts’: Police

A Norwegian man suspected of killing his step sister and opening fire in a mosque near Oslo last weekend, has admitted to the crimes though he has not officially entered a plea, police said on Friday.

Norway mosque shooter 'has admitted the facts': Police
Philip Manshaus appears in court on August 12. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB Scanpix / AFP
Philip Manshaus, 21, was remanded in custody Monday, suspected of murder and a “terrorist act” that police say he filmed himself committing.
   
Answering police questions on Friday, “the suspect admits the facts but has not taken a formal position as to the charges,” Oslo police official Pal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby said in a statement.
   
Manshaus is suspected of murdering his 17-year-old step sister Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, before entering the Al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb and opening fire before he was overpowered by a 65-year-old man.
   
Just three worshippers were in the mosque at the time, and there were no serious injuries.
   
Manshaus appeared in court this week with two black eyes and scrapes and bruises to his face, neck and hands.
   
Police have said he has “extreme right views” and “xenophobic positions” and that he had filmed the mosque attack with a camera mounted on a helmet. He had initially denied the accusations.
   
The incident came amid a rise in white supremacy attacks around the world, including the recent El Paso massacre in the United States.
   
Norway witnessed one of the worst-ever attacks by a rightwing extremist in July 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik, who said he feared a “Muslim invasion”, killed 77 people in a truck bomb blast near government offices in Oslo and a shooting spree at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utøya.