Roots of the Rúntur
The introduction of fish quotas in the eighties lead to an industrialization of the Icelandic fleet in order to be able to compete on the world market. The traditional craft of fishing gave way to modern mass production. A job in the fish industry is no longer popular among Icelandic youths. Immigrants from Eastern Europe and Asia gratefully make use of the gap that Icelanders leave behind and now work in this formerly traditional, Icelandic sector. Roots of the Rúntur is a social documentary that shows the changing face of Iceland through a typically Icelandic phenomenon: the rúntur. The rúntur is a circle road in often desolate villages. Teenagers drive around in their cars for hours and hours. Due to the harsh climate outside and a lack places to meet, the car became their social gathering where they talk, listen to music, drink, smoke and flirt.