Phie Ambo, Denmark, 2019

77 min.DK/Documentary

47 children are given free rein on an abandoned construction site in Copenhagen, where nature has long since taken over. Here, they will go to school for ten weeks and discover what nature has to teach them. The film is told through scenes with the children, but also with nature’s voice as a continuous narrator: "For what does it mean to learn something? How do you know what you’ve learned from feeling my wind in your hair or my rain on your cheeks? How can you measure what you sensed in your belly as you sat in the top of my tallest chestnut tree? Where does it settle in you?"
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Genopdagelsen
Danish title Genopdagelsen
Keywords Denmark, 2010-2019, Teaching, Nature, Children
Director Phie Ambo
Producer Malene Flindt Pedersen
Director of Photography Phie Ambo, Maggie Olkuska
Editor Theis Schmidt
Sound Rasmus Winther Jensen
Composer Johan Carøe
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
International sales LevelK
Online release 15.10.2019, Filmcentralen
Comment The documentary made its world premiere at CPH:DOX. Phie Ambo is renowned for such titles as ’Family’ (2001) and ’Good Things Await’ (2014), as well as the trilogy ’Mechanical Love’ (2007), ’Free the Mind’ (2012) and ’When You Look Away’ (2017) about science and human existence.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Hansen & Pedersen Film og Fjernsyn
Executive Producer Viola-Lucia Film
Co-production N.C.R.V. - Television, Holland, SVT, Creative Europe
In collaboration with Det Danske Filminstitut, DR, Against Gravity
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Phie Ambo


Producer Malene Flindt Pedersen
Production manager Jonas Bruun
Production manager Signe Skov Thomsen
Production assistant Dorte Lykke Christiansen
Technical assistant Jeppe Hansen


Cinematographer Phie Ambo
Cinematographer Maggie Olkuska


Editor Theis Schmidt
B-editor Anne von der Heide


Composer Johan Carøe


Sound engineer Rasmus Winther Jensen
Sound effects Kasper Janus Rasmussen
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley mixer Kari Vähäkuopus
Foley editor Pietu Korhonen


Voice Jytte Abildstrøm

Visual effects

Graphic design Torsten Høgh Rasmussen
Grading Norman Nisbet

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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Hygum Sørensen, Dorte 2019-03-24
Interview Information Elmelund, Rasmus 2019-03-23
Interview Politiken-Fonden Varning Bendtsen, Johan 2019-03-21
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