COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD

Dir. Mads Brügger, Wingman Media, Pirava Film, Laika, Associated Directors, 128 min, 2019, Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium

In 1961, Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish UN Secretary General, well-known opponent of colonialism and supporter of the self-determination African nations, died under mysterious circumstances in an airplane crash. More than half-a-century has passed, but the circumstances of the incident are still unclear. Director Mads Brügger transforms a seemingly non-topical historical event into a dramaturgically-polished thriller. After the film’s premiere at one of world’s most prestigious film festivals – Sundance (USA) – viewers were upset at the notion of why this film’s red-letter missive isn’t on news screens everywhere and who might benefit from that?

Work on the film took many years. Director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl immersed themselves in the archived documents and uncovered, possibly, a secret organization on the African continent, and, at the same time, the reason for the seemingly uncontrollable AIDS epidemic. One of witnesses interviewed in the film has currently moved to a location outside of his country of residence due to threats on his life.

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