Icelandic director Fridrik Thór Fridriksson is working on his third documentary, which is also his first since 1984. The film’s working title is Hulunni svipt af einhverfu (“Autistic Disorder Unveiled”).
According to Morgunbladid the film is about autistic disorder in all its forms, from individuals who are seriously disabled to abnormally intelligent individuals. Fridriksson will start shooting in the next few months.
“This has been in preparation for nine months and a lot of effort has been put into research,” Fridriksson said. It features autistic disorder with an international perspective and is meant for an international audience.
“We’ll investigate the situation of sufferers from autistic disorder in the US, for example, where a lot of positive things are happening, and in less wealthy countries like Cuba and Tanzania,” Fridriksson explained.
“We’ll also visit England and Denmark. There is a noteworthy company in Copenhagen which only employs people who are autistic,” he added.
Fridriksson said he had not known much about autistic disorder before he began working in his documentary and said many things had surprised him, like how little is done for autistic individuals in Iceland.
Margrét Dagmar Ericsdóttir, who has an autistic son, got the idea for the film and the script is written by Vilborg Einarsdóttir and John Purdie.
Fridriksson said he had missed documentaries added, “I intend to do more.”