Huck made this documentary where a group of girls in the Shetland Islands try and fight against sexism and become to first modern female vikings.
When most people think of vikings, their minds travel to Scandinavia. But Britain has its own Nordic history too. The people who live in the far flung Shetland Islands consider themselves more closely related to Norway than Blighty. They’re one of Britain’s most northern territories and have a unique culture and identity. It’s a far cry from the bustling streets of the UK capital, London.
One of the ways that they express their heritage is through the Up Helly Aa festival, where hundreds of locals dress up in traditional viking attire and march up the island’s streets with lit torches. It’s a much celebrated event, but its been criticised recently for its exclusion of women. Females aren’t allowed to don the famous costumes, on the grounds that the outfits were only worn by male vikings when the tradition began. This doc meets the girls who want to change the status quo and be the first ever females to take part.
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