Yarn takes us from the windswept hills of Iceland to the warm waters of the Caribbean, weaving together the stories these people share with us, their passion, struggles and view of the world. Olek (Agata Oleksiak), Polish but based in New York is prolific and frank and produces monumental and provocative crochet works in and beyond galleries all over the world. Tinna, a knitter and activist from Iceland is forthright, feminist and wedded to causes from Palestine to feminism. Tilde Bjorfors and the performers of the Cirkus Cirkor in Sweden have created the contemporary circus work Knitting Peace which has toured throughout the World. And finally the Japanese textile artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, now based in Nova Scotia makes contemporary art sculptures out of yarn and today uses yarn to create expressive structures for play.

About the film

  • Type
  • National Premiere Date
    September 9, 2016, Bíó Paradís
  • International Premiere Date
    February 2, 2016, Göteborg Film Festival
  • Length
    76 min.
  • Language
    English, Icelandic, Swedish
  • Original Title
  • International Title
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
    Iceland, Poland
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Screening format and subtitles
    DCP, Blu-ray

Company Credits


  • 2016
    Göteborg Film Festival
  • 2016
    South by Southwest
  • 2016
    Love & Anarchy – Helsinki International Film Festival
  • 2016
    Galway Film Fleadh, Galway, Írland
  • 2016
    Newport Beach Film Festival, Kalifornía, Bandaríkin
  • 2016
  • 2016
    Vancouver International Film Festival
  • 2016
    Port Townsend Film Festival, Washington, Bandaríkjunum
  • 2016
    Milwaukee Film Festival
  • 2016
    Nordisk Panorama Film Festival, Malmö, Svíþjóð
  • 2016
    SXSW Film Festival