In 2011 Danny Mitchell founded a voluntary film production group called Conscious Collective (consciouscollective.net) with his friend Rosa Weber. They were inspired by how Iceland had reacted to their economic crisis and felt frustrated that it wasn't getting any attention in the mainstream media. So they decided to do a film about it and got together a small voluntary crew and traveled to Iceland.
In October 2008 Iceland was hit with one of the biggest financial disasters any nation in the world had experienced. In response, citizens took to the streets creating what is now known as the “Pots and Pans Revolution”.
In response to widespread media silence and a growing global trend towards people-led movements, Reykjavik Rising explores how and why the people of Iceland resisted the measures imposed by their government following the crisis of 2008 and how they forced their government to resign in an attempt to forge a new political path.
Filmed in Reykjavik between 2012 and 2014, the documentary meets the instigators of the revolution and follows the most important National Referendum in Iceland’s history. Giving the Icelandic people the opportunity to decide whether to support a constitution that had been created through a popular grassroots movement. Through this we explore the Icelanders’ story of their nation and their revolution but also what lessons can be learned globally from their experiences.
In light of a growing international trend towards grassroots movements crossing over into mainstream politics, this documentary is a timely portrayal of one such movement and their struggle for greater democracy.
Danny Mitchell is an independent filmmaker from London. He works part-time as a mental health social worker and spends the rest of my time making political, social issue and human interest documentaries.