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Woman at War (2018) Comedy.
Icelandic; English subtitles. Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow.
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Image credit: Mic Knight. Power Poles and Systems, 1992. Black in on paper
Mic Knight. Power Lines with Building in Background, 1992. Black Ink on Paper
Halla’s crusade against the aluminum industry impacts the electricity of the town in dramatic way in one scene in the film. This scene brought to mind the drawings of Mic Knight, Power Poles and Systems (1992) and Power Lines with Building in Background (1992). Both drawings seem to be a study of technology and the power of connection. What might Halla think of these drawings?
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