"Loneliness" is a 2011 film by Odveig Klyve and Kari Klyve Gulbrandsen. It features a 2009 poem by Manal Alsheikh from Iraq, now in exile in Norway. The film has been shown at Kapittel, Stavanger International Festival for Literature and Freedom of Speech 2011. It was screened at the International Literary Film Festival in NYC, November 2011.
Q&A with poet Manal Alsheikh.
Lee Bob Black: Where did the idea for your poem "Loneliness" come from?
Manal Alsheikh: I wrote this poem when I arrived to Norway in 2009, and I was missing my life there in my country, Iraq.
LBB: What is the best bit of advice about writing poetry or journalism that you have ever gotten?
MA: Be yourself when you write.
LBB: What books would do you recommend to people who would like to learn more about your home country of Iraq?
MA: The three holy books—the Torah, the Bible, and the Qur’an, and the poem “Epic of Gilgamesh”—I’m sure this poem has been translated into many languages. Also, one can find many books about history of Iraq at www.royalty.nu/MiddleEast/Iraq/Sumer.html [archive].
LBB: What are you working on now?
MA: I’m working on a novel now; I hope I can finish it very soon. It’ll be my first novel among my poetry collections and the narrative one.
LBB: What other plans do you have for the future?
MA: In writing, I can’t plan for a specific thing. Writing is a moment; you can’t control or plan for it. But when I feel that I’m ready to write, I can’t stop doing that. Some of my poems have images more than meanings, so I think they are suitable to be featured in literary films, and maybe also plays.
(The above Q&A between Manal Alsheikh and Lee Bob Black was conducted November 2011 for the International Literary Film Festival.)
Odveig Klyve (born 1954) is a Norwegian film director, writer, and translator. She has written and directed short films, presented at international film festivals in Europe, USA and India. Her poetry is translated into several languages. She lives in Stavanger at the west coast of Norway.
Kari Klyve Gulbrandsen.
Kari Klyve Gulbrandsen (born 1980) is a Norwegian film director, photographer, and editor. She has directed, photographed, and edited several short films. She has a Master on Documentary Film. She lives in Bergen at the west coast of Norway.
Photo of Kari Klyve Gulbrandsen by Hannah Belsvik Hansen.