Against The Current

Against The Current

How far do you have to travel to find yourself and what sacrifices are you willing to make to get there?

Veiga is the first person in the world to paddle over 2,000 kilometers journey around Iceland, counterclockwise and ́Against the Current ́. This achievement is considered comparable to climbing the mountain K2.

Her personal journey is no less remarkable. She was born 44 years ago as a boy in a fishing village on the far West coast of Iceland. Veigar was married and had children but at the age of 38 decided that she could no longer live as a man and decided to undergo gender reassignment.

The inner struggle for Veiga was a real torture and twice she tried to take his life. These two conflict stories are intertwined in the film in an amazing journey aroundIceland, with the magical and rugged coastline of the country in the background.

LA Times: “Against the Current is a gem. It’s gorgeous in many ways.”

Film Threat: “Against the Current shows that the possibilities are unlimited.”

Vague Visages: “Sveinsson’s Against the Current defines itself as an idiosyncratic, deeply personal character study of a remarkable woman, who the world eagerly waits upon to see what she accomplishes next.”

Credit list:
Directed by 
Oskar Pall Sveinsson

Script writer
Margrét Örnólfsdóttir

Veiga Grétarsdóttir

Petur Einarsson
Kristin Olafsdottir

Högni Egilsson

Oskar Pall Sveinsson

Film Editing 
Hrafn Jónsson

Sound Department 

Gunnar Árnason

Editorial Department 

Luis Ascanio


Best Documentary, Best Sound 

New York: Quad Cinemas, followed by a digital release on Kino Now and home video June 25th

Tallahassee Films:
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RIFF – Reykjavík International Film Festival