Here we have arranged the most powerful films in this year’s programme after relevant topics and angles and matched them with related events.

Social Experiments

A method to madness

Films exploring social experiments in art, cinema & politics.

The raft

Three months without privacy on a raft. The story of the strangest social experiment of all times – told by those who took part in it.

Last Year in Utopia

Bertolt Brecht meets Big Brother in the reconstruction of the reality TV show that collapsed. Stylish, enigmatic and with German humour.

The Work

An adrenaline rush of a film about a radical experiment in Folsom State Prison – America’s most famous jail.

Independent Boy

Vincent takes over his friend Metin’s life for a month. An experiment that aims to get him out of the couch and into the big wide world.

Unsettling

A pop-up film studio becomes a social laboratory for encounters with camera-shy (but not conflict-averse) Israeli settlers on the West Bank.

No Democracy Here

BDSM as political activism in a film about an Israeli dominatrix in action – and in public – on election day with her right-wing slaves on a leash.

Repetition

The notorious Stanford experiment, re-conceived – and reenacted – by the Polish artist Artur Zmijewsk. When would you say stop?

The Rare Event 

A symposium with some of today’s most advanced thinkers, which moves from the metaphysical into a digital green screen cosmos.

Desolation Center

Jump on the school bus and join an acid trip to the Mojave Desert with a young Sonic Youth, Einstürzende Neubauten and the 1980s punk and industrial scene in L.A.

Event: The Oval Room

Come and take part in a social (and sexual!) experiment, when Det Ovale Rum and CPH:DOX transform Sjællandsgade bathhouse into an arousing sensual space.

 

Experimental & avant-garde

Extinction

A sombre and hypnotic essay film from the fluent borders of the former Soviet Union, by Portuguese artist Salomé Lamas.

Saturday

Premiere of a new 3D work by the French star artist Camille Henrot about a Christian movement.

Slow Graffiti

The film is a remake of Jørgen Leth’s classic short film ‘The Perfect Human’ from 1967. Image by image. A surreal reflection of perfection itself.

Entrance to the end

Maria von Hausswolff & Anne Gry Kristensen’s dark, psycho-ethnographic film trip is shot on 16mm (and all sound recorded on a cassette tape!) in the deep, dark jungles of Panama, where evolutionary theory and the subconscious meet.

Possessed

The internet alchemists Metahaven’s visual essay about the (a)social media’s occult force of attraction, set against a dark score by Laurel Halo.

Black Mother

Jamaica’s spiritual world of fantasy is conjured up in a hallucinatory mosaic, where the woman is the source of all things.

Caniba

A Japanese cannibal in a boundary-transgressing new film by the visionary makers of the CPH:DOX winner ‘Leviathan’.

Hale county this morning this evening

The Sundance hit from the heart of black America, where a photographic mosaic of impressions merge to become an artistic and politically innovative work.

Wild relatives

Biodiversity and international politics from Lebanon to Svalbard in an original work with perspectives that reach far beyond the future of humanity.

Beautiful things

Documentary science fiction from a future we already live in without knowing it. A film, which is both conceived and created with the big picture in mind.

Tarpaulins

Los Angeles’s smallest inhabitants are on the attack in a wonderfully inventive and imaginative film about termites.

What remains

Tropical surrealism, erotic dreams and role play in an improvised adaptation of Thomas Mann’s ‘The Magic Mountain’.

 

Contemporary Radicalism

Weapon of choice

A dark study of American gun culture, which ends with an incredible true crime story of contract killers and billion dollar fraud.

Alt-Right

Behind the ultra-right-wing movement that with Trump as an unofficial frontman has conquered the world’s most powerful country.

The white world according to Daliborek

A tragicomic and semi-surreal portrait of a Czech neo-Nazi with a surprising ending. A pitch-black report from the invisible European underclass.

Our New President

This is how Donald Trump got elected, seen exclusively through the eyes of Russian propaganda. Equal parts biting satire and frighteningly topical journalism.

Recruiting Jihad

Three years with the young Norwegian jihadi Ubaydullah Hussein in a controversial film about radicalisation, extremism and the response of free society.

A Mother Brings her Son to be Shot

Violence and unrest continue to haunt the streets – and homes – of Northern Ireland. A shocking and incredible story of motherly determination.

 

Unfolding facts

The Green Lie

Are we seduced by the good message of sustainability when we go shopping? A docu-comedy where nothing is what it seems. What does organic, fair trade and sustainability really mean?

The Milk System

Do you know where milk comes from? Technology, economics an ethics are on the agenda in a journey from Denmark to China.

Eating Animals

The adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s critical bestseller narrated by Natalie Portman is a film for both meat-eaters and vegetarians.

False Confessions

Trained interrogators can make innocent people confess to almost anything in the United States. A Danish lawyer works for justice in a hair-raising and cynical system.

Family shots

For, against – or in doubt? A personal and entertaining film about a choice that preoccupies more and more people: to vaccinate or not to vaccinate.

Guardians of the earth

The political game under the diplomatic surface at the climate summit in Paris, in a film made with full access to the machine room.

Pre-Crime

From big data to big brother: welcome to an imminent future, where computers can predict crimes before they have been committed.

 

Feminism

In the name of your daughter

The right of girls and young women to decide what happens with their own body is defended by the modern heroine Rhobi in Tanzania.

Latifa: A Fighting Heart

The inspiring story of a superhumanly strong woman’s tireless struggle against the forces that killed her son in a terrorist attack.

Laila at the Bridge

A fight against the Afghan heroin mafia with the most ‘badass’ woman in Kabul. A powerful film about a woman who is willpower in its purest form.

The Poetess

Meet female poet Hissa Hilal from Saudi Arabia who protest against male dominance and taboos through her poetry – live on TV and in front of millions.

Silvana

From underground to icon. On the feminist front line with the Swedish-Syrian rapper Silvana Imam, who has taken the North by storm.

Amal

Five wild years in the life of a young, Egyptian woman’s life. From fearless 14-year-old on the barricades of Tahrir Square to adult woman with dreams for the future.

A woman without a name

Four young women let us into their thoughts at Teheran’s women in prison, in a film rich with both nuance and contrast.

Hanaa

Four young women from their own corner of the world have more than their name in common. A film that insists on beauty against all odds.

Matangi https://s13922.pcdn.co/ Maya / M.I.A

From Tamil refugee to activist pop star. One of this year’s best music films is told by the frontwoman of M.I.A. herself through decades’ worth of video footage.

Betty – They say I’m Different

A beautiful, sizzling and sweaty film about the funk singer and feminist icon Betty Davis, who in the 1970s changed the music landscape for women forever.

 

Nordic (high) lights

Maj Doris

Nights with northern lights and clear frosty mornings in beautiful scenes from the life of a completely amazing 74-year-old woman.

Bad Circumstances

Max Kestner’s new film follow an indomitable amateur historian in his attempt to solve three deaths during an expedition to Greenland in 1907.

A Good Week for Democracy

A sharp, funny and insightful film about a Swedish political summit during an idyllic summer week, in Almedalen. The camera keeps rolling when everyone else turns their gaze away.

Lykkelænder

Impressions from Greenland in a beautiful and sensitive film about myths and reality – and about the historical relationship with Denmark.

The Punk Voyage

From the rehearsal space to Eurovision with Finland’s developmentally impaired punk band number yksi. A docu-comedy – with its heart in the right place.

Picture of Light

In search of northern lights in a beautiful and philosophical film from the end of the world, with music by Jim O’Rourke.

Falling forward

Who wouldn’t want to be friends with Maher? A Norwegian feel-good docu-comedy about integration, identity and a dream of flying.

Giants and the Morning After

Welcome to the Swedish Twin Peaks. An atmospheric and understatedly funny film from fringe Sweden, where giants and trolls lurk in the deep forests.

 

New East

Harmony

Beautifully photographed and dark film from a heavy industrial fringe of Russia, where youths struggle to live up to masculine and feminine ideals.

Lek and The Dogs

Russian nihilism meets apocalyptic science fiction in an incredible story about a 4-year-old boy, who grew up among homeless dogs in Moscow.

Soviet hippies

Peace, love and communism. The overlooked history of the Soviet hippie movement unfolds in a colourful, heartfelt film.

The Distant Barking of Dogs

Picturesque and heartbreaking film that lets us experience an Ukrainian warzone through the eyes and fragile body of a young boy.

A Woman Captured

The incredible story of a woman who has been living as an unpaid house slave for 10 years. Meeting the filmmaker has given her a new hope.

The Other Side of Everything 

What is behind the walled-up door in the Turajlic family’s apartment? A mother and daughter meet for clever conversations about Serbia’s – and Europe’s – turbulent history.

 

(Pop) Culture

Dreaming Murakami

At work in the world of thoughts and dreams with Haruki Murakami’s Danish translator Mette Holm, where every word carries within it an entire world.

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Vivienne according to Westwood. The ultimate film about one of the modern fashion world’s most innovative and colourful personalities.

Matangi https://s13922.pcdn.co/ Maya / M.I.A

From Tamil refugee to activist pop star. One of this year’s best music films is told by the frontwoman of M.I.A. herself through decades’ worth of video footage.

The Punk Voyage

From the rehearsal space to Eurovision with Finland’s developmentally impaired punk band number yksi. A docu-comedy – with its heart in the right place.

Shirley Collins

This year’s closing event is a bit of a scoop! The legendary 82-year-old folk singer is visiting Denmark for the first time with a concert and a new portrait film.

The Paris Opera

An elegant film about life behind the scenes of one of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, where perfectionism has a high price.

Ex Libris – The New York Public Library

A declaration of love to one of the world’s largest libraries and its users, by one of modern documentary’s greatest names.

Studio 54

Sex, drugs and disco! The wild story about the rise and fall of the world’s most legendary night club, told by one of its owners.

 

Tomorrow’s Technology

Cyborgs Among Us

We are the robots – or? Welcome to the posthuman era, where an antenna in the forehead allows you to hear colours.

Inventing tomorrow

A group of visionary young scientists from all over the world with surprising solutions to acute problems fight their way to the world championship in science.

The Most Unknown

A scientific exploration of the unknown, where the greatest mysteries of physics and nature can be found at the bottom of the ocean and in outer space.

 

Europe

EuroTrump

Behind the scenes with the European answer to Donald Trump: the politician Geert Wilders during the year when he runs for prime minister.

A Good Week for Democracy

A sharp, funny and insightful film about a Swedish political summit during an idyllic summer week, in Almedalen. The camera keeps rolling when everyone else turns their gaze away.

Piazza Vittorio

Abel Ferrara and Willem Dafoe take a break in Rome. A portrait of a city and its people, made for the price of two espressos.

13, a Ludodrama

Seven years in the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers, while Europe slowly falls apart around him. An adventurous essay in the spirit of Walter Benjamin.

Waiting for Barcelona

Love affairs, friendships and the police on his heels. One of Europe’s young homeless men lets us into his life on Barcelona’s streets.

Golden Dawn Girls

Meet the women behind the Greek Nazi party Golden Dawn in a disturbing film about the psychology of fascism in the country where democracy was born.

Central Airport THF

Exquisitely observed film from a modern Babylon – a closed-down airport in Berlin, which today is home to migrants such as 18-year-old Ibrahim.

The other side of everything

What is behind the walled-up door in the Turajlic family’s apartment? A mother and daughter meet for clever conversations about Serbia’s – and Europe’s – turbulent history.

Doel

A wry and bittersweet mood report from a village on the fringes of Europe, where the 26 last inhabitants keep the flag flying.