The Blinding Sea documentary film


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Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen hungered for ice-choked seas and desert places. He was driven by a passion for new knowledge.

In leading the first expedition through the Northwest Passage, and then to the South Pole, Amundsen transformed science into a great adventure. And he left nobody indifferent.

Coming October 19th, Sons of Norway will present a virtual screening of The Blinding Sea, a documentary film by award-winning filmmaker George Tombs on the life and loves of explorer Roald Amundsen (1872-1928).

This is the first film focusing on Amundsen and his close relationships with Canadian Inuit and Siberian Chukchi, a research agenda combining scientific investigations and Aboriginal knowledge, as well as Amundsen’s unique leadership style.

The Blinding Sea was shot on a Canadian icebreaker wintering in the Beaufort Sea, on a tall ship on the Southern Ocean, by dog-team in Alaska and the Canadian Arctic islands, and on the glaciers of Antarctica and Norway. The film combines factual accuracy with bold storytelling, a cross-cultural approach, oral histories from the Amundsen and other families, a focus on physical and psychological health, and the refreshing eyewitness perspective of an acclaimed biographer.

Above all, The Blinding Sea offers a completely new and compelling view of a great Norwegian.


(108 min. In English and Norwegian with English subtitles.)

A members-only link will be available on beginning Monday, October 19th, and the film may be viewed through Sunday, November 8th.

This members-only event is a benefit of your Sons of Norway membership.


About the Director:
George Tombs is an award-winning author and filmmaker. As a journalist he reported from six continents, before serving as executive director of a medical association and then university professor. He has a PhD in History from McGill University. The Blinding Sea is his first film.

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