In 2018 it is 50 years since the protests of 1968. A revolt that caused many institutions to creak at the joints, and which should fascinate many generations to come.
But already in 1967 something special happened in Norway: Three students started the Experimental High School of Oslo – FGO. They wanted to make a free and democratic school, ruled by the students. Idealistic teachers supported them, and the school existed until 2004. FGO created not only Norwegian, but also international attention, and inspired the establishment of similar high schools both in Gothenburg and Copenhagen.
Many FGO students felt they learned something essential: That democracy depends on being present and dare to speak out. And that the most important aspect of learning is learning how to learn. With the right motivation, you may go through fire to figure things out, and the collective mind may accomplish more than the individual. This was the beginning of a freedom project, which followed many FGO students through life. But choosing freedom was also risky, and some paid a high price for this.
The director Elsa Kvamme was 16 years when she chose to apply to the FGO. In a way she feels she never left that school, like many of her co-students. But in which ways did this Freedom project influence their lives and the Norwegian society? What happened to some of the students who tried to realize their wild ideas, and to those who tried to live "normal lives"? And did FGO have something that the schools of today are missing?
Director: Elsa Kvamme
Producer: Therese Naustdal - Gaia Film