Icelandic Women’s Strike of 1975 Revisited in New Documentary

The Women’s Day Off protest in 2016 at Austurvöllur square.

The documentary The Day Iceland Stood Still, exploring the 1975 “Woman’s Day Off” strike in Iceland, will premiere at the Canadian Hot Docs Festival in late April. A trailer for the documentary was recently released online.

Country brought to an effective standstill

Earlier this week, the trailer for the documentary The Day Iceland Stood Still was released. As noted by Variety, the documentary delves into the famous “Woman’s Day Off” strike in Iceland on October 24, 1975, “when some 90% of Iceland’s women refused to work, cook, or take care of the children.” The country was brought to an effective standstill.

The documentary revisits the event, interviewing Icelandic women about its significance: “We loved our male chauvinist pigs,” one of the activists recalls in the trailer, Variety notes. “We just wanted to change them a little!”

It also includes an exclusive interview with Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the first woman in the world to be democratically elected as a head of state, who assumed her role just five years post-strike, alongside current president Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, who shares an anecdote about his father’s ill-fated effort to prepare dinner during the strike.

The Day Iceland Stood Still will premiere at the Canadian Hot Docs documentary festival on April 29 and is directed by Emmy award-winning U.S. filmmaker Pamela Hogan in collaboration with Icelandic producer Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir.

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