"Iceland Defence Force" Cold War Frontier

In the aftermath of the Second World War, relations between the former allied eastern and western powers deteriorated fast. Suddenly, the small island nation found itself in the midst of the ensuing “cold-war”, which it used to its full benefit to catapult into the modern world.
A founding member of the NATO alliance, Iceland provided an important base for forward operations in protection of NATO’s northern flank and Scandinavia and the approaches to North America by U.S. and allied forces.

For several decades, the Keflavik base remained the functional anti-submarine warfare capital of the world and centre of Cold War air defence intercept operations.
The Cold War had a profound effect on Iceland’ economy and culture and reverberated in the national political arena. All the political parties, whether for or against, did their best in utilising the military presence and related controversies to their benefit. Allegations of corruption and treachery rang loud in the constant debate over the Keflavik base which represented the country’s 6th largest town and the principal international airport.

About the film

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  • National Premiere Date
    November 15, 2017, Bíó Paradís
  • Length
    88 min. 43 sec.
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  • Original Title
    „Varnarliðið“ kaldastríðsútvörður
  • International Title
    "Iceland Defence Force" Cold War Frontier
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  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
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