Death of a Child

Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors, Denmark, 2017

79 min.DK/Documentary

How does one live with the unbearable? When the worst has happened and the one to blame is yourself? The documentary film is an exploration of the lives of parents who have caused their own children's deaths, encompassing many different situations in life where tragedy hits and someone is at fault. There is, however, something about what these parents have done that seems to trigger a specific social rage and condemnation. Because what kind of parent forgets a baby in a car?
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Utilgivet - skyld i sit eget barns død
Danish title Utilgivet - skyld i sit eget barns død
Keywords USA, Parents, Children, Families, Deaths, Accidents, Guilt, Punishment, Forgiveness, 2010-2019
Director Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors
Producer Anne Köhncke
Director of Photography Lasse Barkfors
Editor Signe Rebekka Kaufmann, Lasse Barkfors
Composer Tom Third
Production country Denmark, Sweden
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales Journeyman Pictures
Danish festival release 19.03.2017, Grand, CPH:DOX 2017
Online release 25.10.2017
Comment World premiere in the Dragon Award competition at Göteborg Film Festival 2017. For their previous film, Pervert Park (2014), the directors won the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Impact. That film also confronted a taboo subject, following the everyday lives of a group of sex offenders in a Florida trailer park trying to find their way back into society.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company
Executive Producer Final Cut for Real ApS
Co-production De Andra AB, Film i Skåne
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Frida Barkfors
Direction Lasse Barkfors


Producer Anne Köhncke


Cinematographer Lasse Barkfors


Editor Signe Rebekka Kaufmann
Editor Lasse Barkfors


Composer Tom Third


Sound Frank Mølgaard Knudsen
Sound Frida Barkfors

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Festival screenings

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Festival Festival date
Giffoni Film Festival 2018-07-20
Bergen International Film festival 2017-09-26
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2017-09-16
CPH:DOX 2017-03-16
Göteborg International Film Festival 2017-01-27
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