“Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation” is an award winning non-fiction book written 2006 by the Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason. The book sparked debate on sustainability issues and was 2009 made into a documentary. The documentary of the same name investigates how people and nature have been affected by the island’s aluminium smelting plants.
The documentary “Dreamland” is a documentary about a nation standing at cross-roads. It addresses the question of whether Iceland should preserve its unspoiled, unique nature or whether the nation should build enormous dams to produce hydro-electric energy. Dreamland shows how implementing “green energy” to provide aluminum industries with cheap energy threatens the natural wonders of Iceland. The 90 minute long documentary is directed by Þorfinnur Guðnason and Andri Snær Magnasona and produced by Sigurður Gísli Pálmason.