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Doing Good

A childhood ruined by bullying. A mishap during surgery. Unexpected, terminal illness. Self loathing inherited through generations. Living with constant anxiety. Then, suddenly, a compassionate gesture from a total stranger changes your whole life.

Margreth Olin has filmed 22 people meeting the healer Joralf Gjerstad. Over the past 65 years, around 50,000 people have traveled to the small village Snasa in the north of Norway, hoping that he'd be able to help them.

What actually happens? Can we as a society learn something from one man ́s genuine compassion? Can this film teach us anything about our ability to conquer illness? When Margreth was in the final stage of editing this film, her husband suddenly suffered a massive stroke. How do we recreate ourselves?