Embracing The dead

Nanna Frank Møller, Denmark, 2014

70 min.DK/Documentary

Jørgen Lange thomsen is a forensic expert and is used to examine the dead determining exactly how they died. It is scientific work and by careful examination, Jørgen is often able to arrive at a definitve conclusion.
One day Jørgen is hired by a large human rights organization to solve a different type of case, which demands even more of him and his professional judgment. He is to investigate a group of Iraqis, who are still alive, to determine whether they have been subjected to torture or not. The case is of great political importance, and Jørgen's conclusion is vital to whether the case ends up at court, hereby accusing the Danish State of war crimes in Iraq. Jørgen now faces a moral dilemma because in this case, he is dependent on his knowledge of human nature, as well as deductive interview methods. But is Jørgen able to determine, who is telling the truth and who is lying? What other agendas are at play behind the scenes? And does it make any sense for the Iraqis to take The State of Denmark to court?
Basic information Credits
Original title Et civiliseret land
Danish title Et civiliseret land
Keywords Lange Thomsen, Jørgen, Iraq war, The, War crimes, Torture, Torture victims, Medical science, Iraq, 2000-2009
Director Nanna Frank Møller
Screenplay Nanna Frank Møller
Producer Helle Faber
Director of Photography Nanna Frank Møller
Editor Nanna Frank Møller, Janus Billeskov Jansen, Marlene Billie Andreasen
Sound Roar Skau Olsen
Composer Uno Helmersson
Appearance Jørgen Lange Thomsen, Christian Harlang, Christian F. Jensen, Anders Kærgaard
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Arabisk,Danish,English
Domestic distribution DR Sales
Danish festival release 06.11.2014, Grand
TV release 18.11.2014, DR 2
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company Made in Copenhagen
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Danmarks Radio, Svenska Filminstitutet, SVT, MEDIA (EU), Undervisningsministeriets Udlodningsmidler
In collaboration with Ginestra Film, Knowledge Network, UR
Domestic distribution DR Sales


Direction Nanna Frank Møller


Script Nanna Frank Møller
Script consultant Rasmus Heisterberg


Producer Helle Faber
Co-producer Antonio Russo Merenda
Production manager Luna Jansen
Production manager Mathilde Hvid Lippmann
Technical coodinator Jonas Abilgaard
Post-producton coordinator Christina Jæger


Cinematographer Nanna Frank Møller


Editor Nanna Frank Møller
Editor Janus Billeskov Jansen
Editor Marlene Billie Andreasen
Editing supervisor Janus Billeskov Jansen


Composer Uno Helmersson


Sound engineer Roar Skau Olsen


Speak Ib van Deurs

Visual effects

Graphic design Martin Hultman
Colourist Carsten Dahl
Online Daniel Malm Bruun
Online Morris Guldbæk


Appearance Jørgen Lange Thomsen
Appearance Christian Harlang
Appearance Christian F. Jensen
Appearance Anders Kærgaard
Appearance Hanna Ziadeh
Appearance Malak El-Hossam
Appearance Freja Wedenborg
Appearance Nick Hækkerup
Appearance Nikolaj Villumsen
Appearance Nicolai Wammen

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