Welcome to Est. 1999, the official blog of Abraham Translations. As is perhaps easy to surmise, the name of this blog reflects the year that Abraham Translations was founded.
It all began with the correction of a few texts that had been translated by another time-pressed translator. Within the year, translating had become my main source of income; now, it has long been the only way I put bacon on the table.
I am rather proud of many of the projects on which I have worked.
Est. 1999, basically, is a visual confirmation of past projects, a blowing of my own horn, a presentation of translator-related topics, and an occasional departure into other areas that I deem worthy of presenting. Enjoy.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

God Bless Iceland (2009)

God Bless Iceland (58' & 70' & 100') was written by Titti Johnson and Helgi Felixson, the latter of whom also directed. A ma.ja.de. production made in co-production with Felixfilm (SE), Irisfilm (IS), SVT (SE), RUV (IS), and NDR; and in association with arte, YLE (FI) DRTV (DK) and TV2 (NO). Supported by the Nordic Film & TV Fond and IcelandicFilm Centre.
Under its original working title, "Point of No Return", I translated and/or corrected a few funding applications for this documentary, and later I also translated some of the voice-over commentary. (Please note, I did NOT do the subtitles; had I, they would've been cleaner and with fewer mistakes.)
Deckert Distribution, which distributes the documentary, gives the following summary: "The financial crisis has hit the core existence of no other country as hard as the small nation of Iceland: A country, that in the last years has been one of the most prosperous nations in the world, suddenly becomes a metaphor for the global crisis and a proof for the uncontrollability of raging turbo-capitalism.
"In the last months the world is shown a series of dramatic pictures: Outraged demonstrators in the centre of Reykjavik, finally the resignation of leaders in banks and government as well as the election in May 2009.
"God Bless Iceland tells the story of the financial crisis in Iceland, diving into the very real and daily confrontations of the calamity, which undermined not only the economy of Iceland but the very identity of the small island nation as well."

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