In true documentary style, CPH:DOX takes over the cinema screen with political revelations, realistic portraits, climate activism and social change. 

Politics is more than 50-year old men with white hair in suits having rhetorical discussions in a meeting room. CPH:DOX puts a special emphasis on its political programme, which touches on everything from a Jihad school in Pakistan to metropolitan bicycle activism, from Argentinian factory revolutionaries to sinking boats in the Mediterranean.

F:ACT Award
For the third year in a row CPH:DOX hands out F:ACT Award to films in the field between documentary and investigative journalism. It is films that does not only show the world, but also aims at changing it. In total 10 films are nominated in F:ACT Award which is sponsored by Dansk Journalistforbund

These films will give you insight into topics such as Russian oligarchs, anti-cult crusades and Islamic extremism. See the film ‘Je Suis Charlie’ about the magazine Charlie Hebdo, ‘Sugar Coated’ about the sugar industry’s appalling lobbyism, ‘Deprogrammed’ which takes a serious look at radicalism, and ‘Town on a Wire’ which brings you up-close to the Israel/Palestine-conflict in a small town called Lod.

Read more about the films here.

REALITY:CHECK is CPH:DOX and Politiken’s take on a new democracy meeting. A three-day democracy laboratory which though talks, workshops, discussions, film screenings and parties aims to take the pulse of reality and test democracy in the year 2015. As a fusion of Politiken’s Live-Scene and CPH:DOX’s debate programmes, REALITY:CHECK will take over the festival’s new centre, TELTET – a 60 metre long, specially designed tent in Kongens Have just opposite of the Cinemateket.
Meet the new kid on the block Yahya Hassan, learn about digital self-defense with NSA-whistleblower William Binney and crypto expert Quinn Norton, discuss freedom of speech with the director of ‘Je Suis Charlie’, and debate climate activism with the activist duo ‘The Yes Men’.

Read more about the films here.

Focus on climate, activism and social change
CPH:DOX sets this year a special focus on climate as prelude to COP21 in November. It will feature two very special guest curators: the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and author and activist Naomi Klein.
Activism and social change is Klein’s middle name. During the festival you will be able to experience the film ‘This Changes Everything’, based on Klein’s sensational book of the same name, which raises a controversial claim that the climate crisis is not only the most urgent challenge of our time, but also the biggest opportunity we ever have to change the world.

Together with Avi Lewis, she has selected 10 films with suggestions on how political commitment, artistic originality and strong narratives can make a difference.

 Read more about Naomi Klein’s curated programme here.

 The programme curated by Olafur Eliasson, close to the core of Eliasson’s own work, consists of films that are based on the physical world around us and the human perception of it. Films which are based on the idea of the Anthropocene epoch, a period in earth’s history where humans influence the environment to such an extent that nature is no longer in a “natural” state.
It is this new era that the films explore in particularity – films that call for presence, sensory perception and commitment, but also films that underlie the critical perspective of the human influence on the planet’s landscapes, both natural and artificial. The films are moving far from dogmatic agendas, but instead offering a space for reflection and inspiration to man whom as the spectator gets into character and joins the game.

Read more about Olafur Eliasson’s curated programme here.

From climate change to human change when CPH:DOX sets the focus on the greatest humanitarian disasters in present time. With the theme ‘Borderline’, CPH: DOX gives a voice to the people behind the headlines, the names and the numbers. In the series, eight films tell the human stories behind the headlines and try to come up with alternative solutions to the refugee crisis.
In ‘Haunted’ we are in the middle of the Syrian civil war, where we meet people who talk about  what it is like to lose your home to war and destruction. In ‘The Dream of Europe’ we follow Frontex’s work with expanding the militarisation and the regulation of EUs borders. A place where human and political issues are in constant head-on collision.

Past the war’s cruelty we end up in Sweden, where we follow exile Somali’s struggle to participate in the Ice Hockey World Championship in the Swedish feel-good film ‘Nice People’.

Read more about the films here.