New Danish Documentary Films
Songs of Repression
Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga, 2020
In 1961, the German preacher Paul Schäfer and his congregation moved to Chile with the stated aim of helping the poor. They established Colonia Dignidad which transformed into a closed sect. This film explores how the remaining residents of the colony deal with 45 years of child abuse, collective beatings and slave-like living conditions.
Daniel Dencik, 2019
Christopher Juul-Jensen is a reading, thinking and writing cyclist. He is considered one of the most valuable domestiques in the world. The past few years, he has written down his inner thoughts about life on the roads, but he has never shown his poetry to anyone, before now.
Cannon Arm & Co.
Mads Hedegaard, 2020
The film is a comedy about friendship and arcade games that will put a smile on your face and tug at your heartstrings. With the help from his friends at Bip Bip Bar, Cannon Arm attempts to be the first in the world to play an arcade machine from the early ’80s for 100 consecutive hours. It is an imaginative, thought-provoking and entertaining film that – with its collection of heroic outsiders, dreams about legendary world records, quirky hairdos and brilliant players – praises solidarity and the attempt to achieve the sublime.
A Colombian Family
Tanja Wol Sørensen, 2019
When a peace agreement between FARC and the Colombian government looks like it will put an end to 50 years of conflict, Yira visits her mother in Colombia after 10 years in exile. Yira has herself become a mother and wants to give her daughter the family she never had. She confronts her mother, Ruby, with a neglected childhood in the shadow of her parents' political struggles.
An Elephant in the Room
Katrine Philp, 2020
Life-affirming and profound, the film captures the heartbreaking, mundane and even the funny moments in the lives of several young children who have recently lost one or both parents. The Good Grief community in New Jersey focuses on a holistic approach to mourning, where children can give in to rage in ‘the volcano room’ or say goodbye to a dying teddy bear patient in ‘the hospital room.’ Over the course of a year, we get close to Kimmy, Nicky, Peter, Nora, Nolan and Mikayla along with their constant companion: grief, as they attend their weekly group meetings at Good Grief, practice small rituals to remember their loved ones, and go about the daily work of living.
Andreas Koefoed, 2020
Estrid is on the threshold of advancing from childhood into young adulthood. Along the journey, she experiences a serious accident: falling from the window on the fifth floor while sleepwalking. Miraculously, she survives and returns to life with a remarkable willpower.
Louise Detlefsen, Louise Unmack Kjeldsen, 2019
A revolution is happening in Scandinavia. This film is about young women who have had enough of self-hatred and shame and proudly call themselves FAT. They demand respect and recognition in a diet-fixated society while struggling with their lack of self-worth.
The Fight for Greenland
Kenneth Sorento, 2020
The film offers a unique insight into the heated debate about independence, language, and identity, that rages in modern-day Greenland. What does the future hold for Greenland? Should Greenland become a sovereign state or on the contrary strengthen its ties to Denmark? The film follows four strong-willed and dynamic young Greenlanders who are fighting for a better Greenland, but disagree on which direction their country should follow.
I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die
Eva Marie Rødbro, 2019
A harsh and dreamy story of a young girl and her longing heart. Through Betty, living below the poverty line in suburban Colorado Springs, we experience a tight family clan of children born by children born by children where love and dependency go hand in hand.
Journey to Utopia
Erlend E. Mo, 2020
The enlightened, forward thinking Mo family lead a picture-perfect life on their farm in Norway. But recently, climate anxiety and fear for the planet that will be left to their three children is keeping them up at night. Taking a giant leap of faith, the family decides to take action and move to 'Permatopia’: a brand new self-sufficient, organic farming cooperative in Denmark.
Kids on the Silk Road
Jens Pedersen, Kaspar Astrup Schröder, Simon Lereng Wilmont, Camilla Magid
In the countries of the Silk Road we meet 15 children – one character in each film – on the threshold of adolescence, who are all fighting for a space and an identity of their own, and who all show bravery by taking action on the things that matter to them. With recognizable themes – friendship, love, wishes for the future, parents’ ambitions – which is part of every child’s life, we hope to eliminate geographical and cultural gaps between our main characters and their Danish audience.
Long, Live, Love
Sine Skibsholt, 2019
A young adult film about figuring out who you are in this chaos called life. On top of that, there is a degree of seriousness to Rosemarie's life, for which she is much too young. She has been diagnosed with cancer, and although the doctors say she will survive, the long treatment leaves a mark on her young life.
A New Beginning
Ala'A Mohsen, 2019
Rabiaa arrives from Syria to Norway with his four-year-old son, Qais, where the two of them must start over. Alone in Norway, Rabiaa dreams of rebuilding the sense of family that is so important to him and his son. However, Rabiaa has a wounded leg and can barely walk.
The Rise and Curse of Lukas Graham
René Sascha Johannsen, 2020
Following superstar Lukas Forchhammer's journey to success over the course of seven years, the film gives an intimate insight into the inner demons and struggles of the rising singer. The huge international hit '7 Years' skyrockets on the charts worldwide and becomes the greatest international success in Danish music history. But Lukas wrote the song about the unbearable pain of losing his father.
Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors, 2020
As the disaster of yet another school shooting hits, some parents are faced with a brutal fact: that their child was the one pulling the trigger. In the film we meet parents from different places and backgrounds, with different stories and experiences – but with one thing in common.
Vibeke Bryld, 2020
'Thyland' is a film about the invisible life in North western Denmark – a place where nature is rougher and faith is stronger than in the rest of the country. In this timeless region, invisible inhabitants live among mortals. The film unravels the metaphysical life in the area through myth, faith and ghosts as they arise in nature and in the people – a people marked by their connection to the sea and the land.
Anders Østergaard, 2019
Martin Goldsmith never knew what really had happened to his parents Georg and Rosemarie before their escape from Germany in 1941. As he confronts his father over a long weekend, we are brought back to the complex 1930s, when his parents were young musicians in a bizarre organisation – Jüdischer Kulturbund. Here, at the mercy of Joseph Goebbels, they devoted their youth to music until they escaped at the very last minute.
Jannik Splidsboel, 2020
From Kobe to Copenhagen and from the proper and polished to the wild and free. Opposites come together in the Japanese classical pianist and performance artist Eriko Makimura, who is facing and liberating herself from her past. Japanese Eriko Makimura is very talented on the piano.