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The Seer and the Unseen

Sara Dosa
Iceland, USA 2019 / 90’
Spell Where Man Returns

In Iceland, people have always lived in harmony with the trolls, ghosts and elves living in every river and under every stone. Until the present, that is—as acknowledged by the gray-haired protagonist of Sara Dosa’s documentary—when only half of the country believes in them. That’s enough, however, to keep her constantly occupied. Since Ragnhildur Jonsdottir, known to everyone as Ragga, can communicate with the island’s first inhabitants. Although she discovered her ability as a child, Ragga only revealed her secret as an adult. She always remembers to give her invisible neighbors honey and teaches her grandchildren the custom as well. The favors that people ask for are usually related to everyday matters, e.g., the owner of a small guest house is afraid that the elves wont’ like a planned annex. However, when the government decides to build a highway that crosses a place considered sacred, Ragga decides to take action. After all, as her practical husband notes, people can’t see God either—but they believe in him anyway.

Marta Bałaga


San Francisco IFF 2019 – Golden Gate Award

Sara Dosa

Sarah Dosa is a director and producer who lives in California. She was the co-producer of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a continuation of the Oscar-winning documentary starring Al Gore. She made her debut with The Last Season, and, in 2018, together with Barbara Kopple, she made ReMastered: Tricky Dick and the Man in Black, about Johnny Cash’s visit to the White House. In her latest documentary, The Seer and the Unseen, an award winner at the festival in San Francisco, she tells the story of a woman who communicates with elves in Iceland.


2014 The Last Season (doc.)

2018 ReMastered: Tricky Dick and the Man in Black (TV) (doc.)

2019 Jasnowidzka i to, co niewidzialne / The Seer and the Unseen (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Sara Dosa
screenplay Sara Dosa
cinematography Patrick Kollman
editing Erin Casper
music Giosue Greco, Tara Atkinson, Dan Romer
cast Ragnhildur Jónsdóttir
producer Shane Boris, Sara Dosa
production Signpost Pictures
sales Submarine Entertainment
language Icelandic
colouration colour