Nammi – Iceland outside the circle is an attempt to narrate the Atlantic island through unconventional trajectories.
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Nammi – Islanda al di fuori del cerchio è un tentativo di raccontare l’isola atlantica seguendo traiettorie non convenzionali.

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Nammi – Iceland outside the circle is an attempt to narrate the Atlantic island through unconventional trajectories.
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Nammi – Islanda al di fuori del cerchio è un tentativo di raccontare l’isola atlantica seguendo traiettorie non convenzionali.

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Circularity is the distinctive element of all islands. Islands are, by definition, limited. Everything they contain is subject to being trapped both physically and ideally, enclosed within the barriers of the seas and, sometimes, those of clichés.

Iceland does not escape the rule, surrounded as it is by Northern waters, marked along its boundaries by a road that both unifies it and restricts its horizons. Because route Number 1, the ring road dreamed by travelers from all around the world, offers a hypnotic, but also partial, look at the essence of the country.

Iceland rather develops in its peripheral branches; in the myriad of secondary roads unrolling from the center, in the manner of a licorice wheel, one of the locals’ favorite candies.

Nammi – Iceland outside the circle is an attempt to narrate the Atlantic island through unconventional trajectories. From within (the country), but also from outside (the main circle). Francesco Perini and Leonardo Piccione live in Iceland, in the North-Eastern region, and from there they begin this journey in search of places, sounds and voices that shape the soul of Iceland. Six characters, six stories, six episodes of about 15 minutes: just the time to unwrap a candy and enjoy.

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Nammi means "candy" in Icelandic, and indicates a whole bunch of bizarre sweets that locals love. One of the most peculiar components of these delicacies is licorice, which in Iceland has established itself over the decades as the basic ingredient of numerous snacks, thanks to its medicinal properties and the commercial restrictions to which the Icelandic market has been subjected until few decades ago.

Outside the circle is a poem by Steinn Steinarr, author of the first half of the 20th century, member of the so-called "atomic poets”, exponents of the new Icelandic urban generation in the middle of an identity crisis.

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I walk in a circle
around everything which is.
And outside this circle
is my world.

(from Utan hringsins, by Steinn Steinarr. Translation by Alan Thompson)

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