Four Danish films bound for Hot Docs

FESTIVAL. 'On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship' by Karen Stokkendal Poulsen is celebrating its international premiere in competition at Hot Docs. Also in the lineup are 'The Reformist – a Female Imam' by Marie Skovgaard, 'Hunting for Hedonia' by Pernille Rose Grønkjær and Mads Brüggers Sundance-winner 'Cold Case Hammarskjöld'.

As the leading documentary film festival Hot Docs in Toronto opens on 25 April, four Danish documentaries will appear in the lineup. 

'On the Inside of a Military Dicatorship' by Karen Stokkendal Poulsen is celebrating its international premiere in the competition programme, International Spectrum, following its world premiere in March at CPH:DOX. 

The film investigates Myanmar's troublesome transition towards democracy through interviews with some of the leading military leaders in the country who never gave up their power, as well as the country's current leader Aung San Suu Kyi. 

Another two films by Danish directors are celebrating their international premiere at Hot Docs, both following their opening at CPH:DOX. 'The Reformist – a Female Imam' by Marie Skovgaard is screening out of competition in The Changing Face of Europe programme, presented in partnership with European Film Promotion. The film follows the Danish sociologist Sherin Khankan over a period of more than three years, depicting her struggle to establish the world's first mosque led by female imams. 

Also screening out of competition, in the Nightvision programme, is 'Hunting for Hedonia' by Pernille Rose Grønkjær. The film depicts the history of Deep Brain Stimulation from the early experiments in the 1950s by Dr. Robert Galbraith Heath up until the research of today. The documentary is based on the book 'The Pleasure Shock: The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor' by Danish journalist Lone Frank, who also co-wrote the film with Grønkjær. 

Finally, 'Cold Case Hammarskjöld' by acclaimed director Mads Brügger is headed to Hot Docs' Special Presentations programme after having already travelled the world on the international festival circuit. 

The film world-premiered in competition at Sundance where it won the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award and subsequently enjoyed its international premiere at Göteborg Film Festival. Brügger's dive into the mysterious death of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld recently won the Best Director award at One World Human Rights Festival in Prague.

Find the complete overview of all Danish Films headed to Hot Docs below, including several co-productions. 

Danish Films at Hot Docs 2019

International Spectrum

  • On the Inside of a Military Dicatorship by Karen Stokkendal Poulsen. Produced by Vibeke Vogel for Bullitt Film. 

The Changing Face of Europe

  • The Reformist – a Female Imam by Marie Skovgaard. Produced by Jesper Jack for House of Real.


  • Hunting for Hedonia by Pernille Rose Grønkjær. Produced by Sigrid Dyekjær for Danish Documentary. 

Special Presentations

  • Cold Case Hammarskjöld by Mads Brügger. Produced by Peter Engel for Wingman Media. 

Danish Co-productions

  • Khartoum Offside (Sudan) by Marwa Zein. Danish co-production by Henrik Underbjerg for Stray Dog Productions. 
  • Egg (France) by Martina Scarpelli. Danish co-production by Late Love Production.