Purity Beats Everything

Jon Bang Carlsen, Denmark, 2007

51 min.DK/Documentary

"A little lie may not be believed at all, but a big lie, if repeated with sufficient vigour and frequency, will eventually take deep root in the minds of the uninformed masses." Josef Goebbel's prophetic words resonate deep into our time.

»Purity Beats Everything« is about growing up in a thatched silence in an idyllic country neighbouring Germany. An uneasy silence that reveals itself as the absence of truth about my Scandinavian culture's involvement with the uncomprehensible evil that stems from trying to "purify" other cultures. By following the tale of two Auschwitz survivors we are lead into a devastating past that leads straight into our future.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Purity Beats Everything
Danish title Purity Beats Everything
Keywords World War 2, Persecution of the Jews, South Africa, Apartheid
Director Jon Bang Carlsen
Screenplay Jon Bang Carlsen
Producer Marianne Christensen
Director of Photography Jon Bang Carlsen
Editor Andri Steinn Gudjonsson
Sound Peter Schultz
Production country Denmark
Production company C&C Productions
Domestic distribution Dox-on-wheels
International sales C&C Productions ApS / Blomstervænget 52 / 2800 Kgs. Lyngby / t +45 2015 0567 / jonbangcarlsen@gmail.com / jonbangcarlsen.com
Festival information Danish Film Institute
Technical info color
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7


Production company C&C Productions
Domestic distribution Dox-on-wheels


Direction Jon Bang Carlsen


Script Jon Bang Carlsen


Executive producer Esben Klemann
Executive producer Jon Bang Carlsen
Producer Marianne Christensen


Cinematography Jon Bang Carlsen


Stills Jon Bang Carlsen


Editing Andri Steinn Gudjonsson


Sound Peter Schultz

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2008-08-19
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2008-03-16
Amsterdam, IDFA 2007-11-22
CPH:DOX 2007-11-09
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Interview Information Lars Movin 2008-05-09
Interview Information Lars Movin 2008-05-09
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Dorte Hygum 2008-05-08
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Dorte Hygum Soerensen 2007-11-17