The much debated Norwegian film, “Turn Me On, Dammit”, finally had its screen in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on July 17th, and the world kept spinning, society didn’t crumble, and life went on like normal. After a misguided and much criticized campaign by a couple of area pastors, none of which had actually seen the film, nearly kept the movie from being shown at the Bama Theatre, an estimated 500 people came out not only to watch the movie but to support the sponsors, The Tuscaloosa Arts Council, The Bama Art House Series, Soapy Jones of The Left Hand Soap Company, Wellthatscool.com, and Green Bar.
The criticism of the film stemmed from the fact that it is about Alma, a 15 year old Norwegian girl feeling the pangs of love and adolescence in a small and isolated town in Norway. Like teenagers anywhere across the world and even right here in Alabama, she has wants and desires that are new and at a lot of times confusing to her. She gives in to some impulses such as smoking, drinking, and even calling an “adult services” phone line because, again, she’s a teenager. The overall point of the film, though, is that things do get better, and that is shown when Alma runs away to Oslo to visit an older friend at college. It’s all part of growing up, especially in a small town, whether it be in Norway or Alabama.
I’d like to personally thank and commend everyone who stood up and fought to have this movie shown. It had a fantastic message that, as expected, was lost on people who couldn’t look past what was salacious in their minds. I was also proud of the sheer number of people that came out to watch the film and had a good time doing it. One local politician basically resorted to calling everyone who would want to see this movie perverted. Shame on him and shame on anyone who passed that type of judgement without ever laying eyes on the actual body of work. The true perversion was the attempt to keep this film from being shown when far more controversial and illicit content is readily available.
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