Cold Case Hammarskjöld

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Denmark | 2019 | 128 minutes | Mads Brugger

A shocking and exhilarating investigation into the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld, the Secretary-General of the United Nations who died in a plane crash in 1961, one that points to a global conspiracy more nefarious than anybody could have imagined.

"A singular experience that counts as one of the most honestly disturbing and provocative nonfiction films in years."—Variety

Danish filmmaker Mads Brugger states that his film is either a great feat of journalism or just a huge conspiracy theory. Regardless, by using the death of UN General Secretary Dag Hammarskjold, whose airplane mysteriously crashed in what is now Zambia in 1961, as an entry point into a bigger story about an anti-black transnational crime, you get sucked in. First we witness a man in a white suit (Brugger himself) dictating a story to two African women about the very plausible assassination of the seemingly mild-mannered Swedish bureaucrat, who was in fact a daring activist who truly sought to help liberate African nations working their way out from under the oppressions of colonialism. But the powers that be were not happy. Next we are shown clues pointing toward a Belgian-British mercenary pilot for hire, forged log books, eyewitnesses, and even a photo showing the placement of the ace of spades in the collar of Hammarskjold's lifeless body. This is when the story really begins to take off, resulting in a crazy, chilling documentary that is unforgettable in its claims.

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Director Biography
Mads Brugger is a Danish journalist, television host, author, and filmmaker. He has written several books, worked for magazines and newspapers, produced award-winning radio programs, and hosted the critically acclaimed late-night television show "The 11th Hour," as well as the daily news program "Deadline." Brugger also created the satirical docuseries "Danes for Bush" and the feature documentaries The Red Chapel, which won the World Cinema Documentary Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and The Ambassador, which was nominated for the same prize.

Sponsored by KNKX, Mary Rainwater

  • Director: Mads Brugger
  • Principal Cast: Goran Bjorkdahl, Mads Brugger
  • Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 128 minutes
  • Producer: Peter Engel, Bjarte Morner Tveit, Andreas Rocksen
  • Screenplay: Mads Brugger
  • Cinematographers: Tore Vollan
  • Editors: Nicolas Norgaard Staffolani
  • Music: John Erik Kaada
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2019 (World Cinema Documentary Directing Award), Movies that Matter 2019 (Camera Justitia Award), One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2019 (Best Director)
  • Filmography: The Saint Bernard Syndicate (2018); The Ambassador (Doc., 2011); The Red Chapel (Doc., 2009)
  • Language: English, French, Bemba, Swedish, Danish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
  • International Sales: DR Sales