Homebound is a series of short documentaries that feature the stories of Icelandic elders—a collection of quiet vignettes exploring the last generation of people to have grown up sans technology. The first in the series explores the life of Kristjan Bjornsson, an ex-farmer and a postman who has never left rural Iceland and who discusses his father’s sixty-eight-year streak of daily diary entries, ending when he passed away in 1996.
How did the idea come about?
KB: The idea came about when I was at my home in Vancouver and was just about to fly to Iceland for a month. Me and my boyfriend decided to travel all the way to the east of Iceland where I grew up to visit my family, so we decided to make a little film about my grandfather while we were there.
How did you select the elders that are and will be presented in this documentary series?
KB: I started with doing a short on my grandfather because it’s an easy subject to start with for my first film. From there I want to find elders all around Iceland and tell their stories.
Did the making of the documentary affect your view of life with technology?
KB: I definitely realized I spend way too much time on my iPhone.
How would you describe yourself or your style?
KB: Always evolving and changing.
The short documentary is gonna be premiered 4th of October at Bio Paradis at 17:30 as a part of a short documentary night for RIFF.