At the Edge of the World

This documentary tells a contemporary story about a shameful past, about lives scarred by violence and neglect. Dark secrets cam to light in late 2006 and turned Icelandic society on its head. The revelations of the next few weeks were shocking: Young boys beaten and raped and systematically humiliated while in the care of the state. The small island nation faced hard questions as the victims voices were finally heard after decades of silence.

The film takes a quiet approach with intimate in-camera narrative from the subjects themselves interwoven with archive material (including extensive footage from Breidavik in the 1950s and 1960s) and stunning imagery from Iceland´s remote West-Fjords. It's an emotional story, told with dignity and reserve.

About the film

  • Type
  • National Premiere Date
    October 19, 2007, Háskólabíó
  • Length
    92 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Syndir feðranna
  • International Title
    At the Edge of the World
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Color
  • Screening format and subtitles
    35mm film with English sub. - DigiBeta with English sub.


  • 2010
    Scandinavian Film Festival
  • 2010
    Nordland Art Festival
  • 2009
    Tromsö International Film Festival
  • 2009
  • 2009
  • 2008
    Göteborg International Film Festival
  • 2008
    Nordische Filmtage Lubeck
  • 2008
    Nordisk Panorama
  • 2008
    Tromsö International Film Festival
  • 2008
    Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival (Images of the 21st Century)
  • 2007
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Documentary of the Year.


  • Sena, 2007 - DVD