Here are the first announcements for CPH:DOX 2020

From March 18 to 29, CPH:DOX returns with an artistic cross section of the world in 2020. As always, the programme will be packed with high-profile debates, alternative events and quirky parties. The first 15 titles and events selected for CPH:DOX 2020 are already here and ready for your eyes. 

Dive into all the newly announced films and keep an eye out for more announcements in the coming weeks. The full programme for CPH:DOX 2020 will be announced on February 20.

Woman

Grand Teatret, March 8, 19:00
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We’re marking International Women’s Day with the first Danish screening of ‘Woman’ and an introduction to the term “woman” from Simone de Beauvoir to Judith Butler.

The film ‘Woman’ by the French master photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the director Anastasia Mikova is a work of an enormous scale and artistic ambition. The film is part of a global project with 2000 participants from more than 50 countries, and consists of encounters with women from widely different cultures, who surrounded by the same neutral studio background tell us what it means to be a woman for precisely them. Skilled and varied editing divides the film into thematic sequences – joy, motherhood, love, sexuality, abuse, pride and grief – in a film that is both universal and highly individual.

The Fight for Greenland

The Royal Danish Theatre, March 17, 19:00
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We invite you to the festival’s gala opening and dedicates the evening to new, distinctive voices from Greenland’s young generation when the festival kicks off the 17th edition with the world premiere of ‘The Fight for Greenland’.

The film shines a light on the important and highly relevant debate about Greenland’s right to independence, the future of the Unity of the Realm and the significant geopolitical interests in the Arctic – told by the new, young generation of Greenlanders.

BOUT THE FILM
The ‘Fight for Greenland’ gives a unique insight to the debate about independence, the Unity of the Realm, language and identity, which is dominant in today’s Greenland: What does the future hold for Greenland? Should Greenland establish independence or strengthen its ties to the former colonial power?

We follow four young, strong and dynamic Greenlanders, who – despite their disagreement on the way forward – are all fighting for a better Greenland.

Sing Me a Song

Cinemateket, March 18, 16:30
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An 8-year old monk is laying in the grass, surrounded by the stunning Himalaya mountains in Bhutan while he dreams of becoming a Lama. This is Peyangi from Thomas Balmés’ film ‘Happiness’ (2013). Cut to ten years later, and Peyangi is a young man struggling to navigate in an existence…

An 8-year old monk is laying in the grass, surrounded by the stunning Himalaya mountains in Bhutan while he dreams of becoming a Lama. This is Peyangi from Thomas Balmés’ film ‘Happiness’ (2013). Cut to ten years later, and Peyangi is a young man struggling to navigate in an existence that has been blown over backwards by the arrival of modern technology. The young monks still recite prayers with their heads bowed, but now their attention is turned towards the smartphones in their hands. In ‘Sing Me a Song’ Peyangi’s personal coming-of-age story is combined with a macropolitical tale of the technological evolution in what used to be the world’s last disconnected country.

After the screening, we shift our attention from the monks of Bhutan to our modern Danish society. With the internet and advanced technology as a completely integrated part of our everyday life, lots of children find joy in both gaming as well as social media. New relations are created and loneliness averted, but these spaces are also dominated by anxiety and like counts. CPH:DOX presents a conversation with philosopher Vincent F. Hendricks and media expert Camilla Mehlsen, who have co-written the book ‘Like’, and who will be joined in conversation by one of Denmark’s most famous gamers, Marie Watson, who since she was 14 years old has found a space within the gaming world to be herself, and has made a career out of live-streaming herself, while she is playing.

Collective

Aveny-T, March 18, 16:30
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In October 2015 the nightclub Colectiv in Bucharest caught fire, causing one of the biggest disasters in recent Romanian history. 27 people died, while 180 were seriously injured. But the disaster proved to be even greater. As journalists at a local sports newspaper start investigating the case…

In October 2015 the nightclub Colectiv in Bucharest caught fire, causing one of the biggest disasters in recent Romanian history. 27 people died, while 180 were seriously injured. But the disaster proved to be even greater. As journalists at a local sports newspaper start investigating the case, the entire Romanian health sector and the Social Democratic government appear to be involved. With ‘Collective’ romanian director Alexander Nanau has created a fierce portrait of corrupt rulers and idealistic journalists, who seem to come right out of films such as ‘Spotlight’ and ‘The Insider’, and who refuse to give up before the story is out.

We present four of the sharpest investigative journalists in Denmark: Morten Pihl, Tea Krogh Sørensen, Eva Jung og Michael Klint – all of whom have won the honorable The Cavling Prize for outstanding journalistic work. Meet Morten Pihl and Tea Krogh Sørensen, who were awarded with The Cavling Prize 2019 for their articles about the Danish healthcare sector, Eva Jung who won the award in 2018 with an investigative team from the newspaper Berlingske for their investigation of the money laundering in Danske Bank and Michael Klint, who like Morten Pihl has won The Cavling Prize three times for his documentary work. Moderator: John Hansen, Head of Investigative Journalism at Politiken.

Space Dogs

Cinemateket, March 18, 16:45
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The golden age of the Soviet space program is full of cosmic brutality, even affecting man’s best friend. Most famous is stray dog Laika, who according to local legends is still rummaging around the streets of Moscow like a ghost, ever reminding us of the systematic experiments on animals…

The golden age of the Soviet space program is full of cosmic brutality, even affecting man’s best friend. Most famous is stray dog Laika, who according to local legends is still rummaging around the streets of Moscow like a ghost, ever reminding us of the systematic experiments on animals, that are also a part of the story of mankind’s giant leap in moon boots. ‘Space Dogs’ is an exceptional and infinitely beautiful, but also barbarically raw film consisting of both archival recordings from the space program as well as current poetic images of stray dogs roaming the streets of Moscow today as Laika’s spiritual descendents.

After the screening of ‘Space Dogs’, we will return to earth’s orbit with a panel debate about the questions of animal experiments and scientific breakthroughs. What are the ethical principles behind animal experiments? Have any historic discoveries been so essential, that they were worth the life of a monkey, a turtle or a stray dog? Meet Peter Sandøe (professor of Bioethics, University of Copenhagen), Kirsten Rosenmay Jacobsen (veterinarian and member of The Animal Experiments Inspectorate) and Kristian Hvidtfeldt Nielsen (associate professor of History of Science, Aarhus University). Moderator: Mie Stage, journalist at Ingeniøren.

Shade Grown Coffee

Big Bio Nordhavn, March 18, 18.30
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Driven by the love of coffee and aspiration to change the world for the better, ‘Shade Grown Coffee’ takes us on a journey from seeds to sprouts and red cherries to the steaming coffee served worldwide. The film explores the global production of coffee…

Driven by the love of coffee and aspiration to change the world for the better, ‘Shade Grown Coffee’ takes us on a journey from seeds to sprouts and red cherries to the steaming coffee served worldwide. The film explores the global production of coffee and shares insights into a very special method of cultivation, that benefits both nature and the people working in the shade farms. Traveling to Ethiopia, Jamaica and El Salvador, this film is a must-watch for both coffee lovers and climate activists.

We invite you to an evening of quality coffee and sustainability when ‘Shade Grown Coffee’ celebrates its world premiere at CPH:DOX. Meet director Alexander Kinnunen, co-founder of the Danish-based Coffee Collective, Casper Engel Rasmussen and Ethiopian coffee farmer, supplier to Coffee Collective and one of the film’s protagonists Akmel Nuri, who will join us in Copenhagen for the premiere. After the screening, we invite you to a professional coffee tasting in the café at Big Bio Nordhavn with Casper and Akmel as proficient guides. Learn how to slurp your coffee just the right way!

NB: The conversation will be in English.

I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die

Aveny-T, March 18, 21:15
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Betty lives with her two children and family of eleven in a Colorado suburb. With a boyfriend, recently clean and a prison sentence hanging over his head, there is no silver lining to be seen for the young mother in the margins of American society. But there are dreams…

Betty lives with her two children and family of eleven in a Colorado suburb. With a boyfriend, recently clean and a prison sentence hanging over his head, there is no silver lining to be seen for the young mother in the margins of American society. But there are dreams and a sense of community. Eva Marie Rødbro’s film is a collage of snapshots from a life that cannot be contained within a classic narrative. The form reflects the situation and places Rødbro’s first feature-length film in an intersection between art-photography and rough social realism. A life and film far from Hollywood.

Already a star, Eva Marie Rødbro, has received lots of attention and positive reviews for her latest film with the poetic title ‘I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die’. The film will have it’s Danish premiere at Aveny-T, and we are excited to let you know that the artist behind the film’s original soundtrack, Nurse (Josephine Struckmann), will perform her song ‘Lonely Rider’ from her debut album ‘Revelations of a Girl’. You can of course also meet Eva Marie Rødbro for a Q&A after the premiere.

Capital in the 21st Century

Bremen Theatre, March 19, 16:30
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In partnership with Informations Forlag we’ll unfold the work of Thomas Piketty together with some of Denmark’s most striking economics – who do not necessarily agree. Meet professor of Economics Jesper Jespersen (Roskilde University), director and economist Birthe Larsen (Inequality Platform, CBS) and Head of analytics Otto Brøns-Petersen (CEPOS) after the Danish premiere of the film in Bremen Theatre in March 19.

ABOUT THE FILM
Adapting one of the most groundbreaking and powerful books of our time, Capital in the 21st Century is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress. Traveling through time from the French Revolution and other huge global shifts, to world wars and through to the rise of new technologies today, the film assembles accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts delivering an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.

A Gift From God

Cinemateket, March 19, 16:45
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What actually happened during Turkey’s military coup in 2016? And why was it so remarkably easy for President Erdoğan to quash a coup attempt that he later described as “a gift from God”? In this investigative documentary film…

What actually happened during Turkey’s military coup in 2016? And why was it so remarkably easy for President Erdoğan to quash a coup attempt that he later described as “a gift from God”? In this investigative documentary film, the Norwegian journalist Jørgen Lorentzen seeks to uncover the truth behind the attempted coup. Using revealing footage, confidential documents and witness testimonies from political refugees, former public officials and the opposition leader Fethullah Gülen, Lorentzen creates an inside look at a government and a country that is currently internationally looked upon with both concern and criticism.

The situation in Turkey and requires knowledge and perspective to understand. We’re inviting some of Denmark’s leading experts on Turkey to debate the movie’s interpretation of the coup, as well as Erdogan’s actions and the international conflicts, that Turkey has become involved in since then. Meet Martin Lidegaard (chairman of The Foreign Policy Committee), Özlem Cekic (social commentator and lecturer), Pola Rojan Bagger (Middle East analyst) and Lars Bangert Struwe (General Secretary of the Danish Atlantic Council).

Meanwhile on Earth

Empire, March 19, 17:00
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The screening of ‘Meanwhile on Earth’ is followed by a talk with some of the people working with death every day: a pastor at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen Lotte Blicher Mørk, chairman for the Danish undertakers and digger Karsten Madsen.

ABOUT THE FILM
Jean Cocteau once said that films show us death in work. These words are taken literally in Carl Olsson’s heartfelt and warm portrayal of the last great taboo in the Nordic welfare state. And yet. It is, rather, all the liveliness that unfolds around death that we observe here. The hospital, the crematorium, the cemetery. Throughout Olsson’s film, you not only realise how it all ties together but also, how we as humans are all connected without really knowing. Through theatrical but warm and often cheerfully understated scenes, we meet those still alive at work.

The Earth is Blue As an Orange

Palads, March 19, 17:00
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To introduce the film, we have invited senior researcher from DIIS, Flemming Splidsboel Hansen, who will expand upon the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. What happened back in 2014, what does the situation look like today – and what significance has the peace negotiations had?

ABOUT THE FILM
While the war in Ukraine is raging in the background, a single mother and her children create peaceful moments through their common passion: making small films together. They reenact scenes from life in the middle of the war zone. Involving local villagers and the patrolling military in the artistic process. The oldest sister is especially preoccupied with the possibilities of the film media, and it is a joyous occasion for the family when she gets admitted to a film school. With Donbass’ war-torn landscapes as a dramatic backdrop, the filmmaking is not only a source of light and hope, it is also an opportunity to take the story into their own hands in the midst of a chaotic situation.

Love Child

Grand Teatret, March 19, 18:45
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Leila and Sahand are happy together, they have a young son and are ready for a fresh start in life. But there is one crucial problem: They are both still married to other people. And that has serious consequences in their native country of Iran. Eva Mulvad’s newest documentary film…

Leila and Sahand are happy together, they have a young son and are ready for a fresh start in life. But there is one crucial problem: They are both still married to other people. And that has serious consequences in their native country of Iran. Eva Mulvad’s newest documentary film ‘Love Child’ follows the family’s escape to Turkey and during the next six years, while they’re attempting to get through the asylum process and become officially acknowledged as a family. Mulvad’s direction is focused on Leila and Sahand, through the loving moments as well as the painful processes they are forced to go through, to be able to live in safety as the family they already are.

What is the price of loving another human being? For some people it can be a matter of life and death. In a country like Iran the price is high when you love someone, you are not married to. After the Danish premiere of Eva Mulvad’s new documentary ‘Love Child’, we follow up with a debate about fleeing in the name of love. Meet the head of the Asylum Department of Danish Refugee Council Eva Singer, Iranian-born comedian and actor Ellie Jokar (‘Det slører stadig’, ‘Den lyserøde taxi’) and the film’s director Eva Mulvad. Moderator: Journalist and lawyer Nima Zamani.

This is Not a Movie

Aveny-T, March 20, 16:45
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Through the streets of war-torn Syria and along the West Bank barrier, this film follows the controversial and legendary war reporter Robert Fisk. With a notebook in his hand and carrying a satchel, we are introduced to a man who has been reporting from hotspots around the world for more than 40 years.

Through the streets of war-torn Syria and along the West Bank barrier, this film follows the controversial and legendary war reporter Robert Fisk. With a notebook in his hand and carrying a satchel, we are introduced to a man who has been reporting from hotspots around the world for more than 40 years. In a calm and succinct manner, Fisk tells the stories of the victims and scrutinizes the epicenter of power. Through archival clips, interviews and shots from his work in the field, a complex character appears before us, a man both praised and criticized, who shows us the uglier sides of the world, and who – as the title suggests – tirelessly insists that what we see is indeed not a movie.

We are pleased to invite you to join us for an exclusive conversation between a wide range of Denmark’s most important foreign correspondents. We will be in good company when Ulla Terkelsen, Rasmus Tantholdt, Simi Jan and Jan Grarup open up about their lived experiences from war zones and hotspots around the globe. With the film as a starting point, journalist Andreas Fugl Thøgersen will kickstart the conversation and guide us through a talk about how fake news affects the work of foreign correspondents, how legendary war reporters such as Robert Fisk has influenced the field, and what role the foreign correspondent holds anno 2019.

NB: the conversation will be in danish.

Prelle – In My Own Voice

Aveny-T, March 20, 20:00
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Join us for the premiere of Anita Beikpours charming and creative documentary debut about the young Danish rapper Rikke Prelle. Followed by a mini-concert by Prelle and an afterparty at Aveny-T.

ABOUT THE FILM
Music is the place where Rikke Prelle can express herself in her own way, no matter what the outside world expects of her. However, she is caught between her dreams, realistic possibilities and the expectations of others. We meet Rikke at a time when the past has caught up with her and she has to create new and own frameworks to find her way in life. In a mix of classic documentary and magical realism, we follow Rikke during this crucial time.

You Don’t Nomi

Cinemateket, March 20, 21:00
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At its 1995 premiere ‘Showgirls’ was singled out as the worst film ever. Today, Paul Verhoeven’s notorious flop about strippers in Las Vegas has gained a cult status. But is it actually an involuntary masterpiece? Pop culture is also political, and with ‘Showgirls’ as the ultimate center…

At its 1995 premiere ‘Showgirls’ was singled out as the worst film ever. Today, Paul Verhoeven’s notorious flop about strippers in Las Vegas has gained a cult status. But is it actually an involuntary masterpiece? Pop culture is also political, and with ‘Showgirls’ as the ultimate center of conversation, everything from gender struggles to cultural criticism is turned upside down when the sharpest critics draw the lines in this visual essay, solely consisting of clips from Verhoeven’s life’s work. With its mix of extreme cynicism and vulgar excess (cc: Donald Trump), maybe the world is finally ready for ‘Showgirls’.

Cult films belong on the big screen! In March we will be treating you with a double screening of both ‘You Don’t Nomi’ and of course Paul Verhoeven’s “masterpiece of shit” ‘Showgirls’ – on 35 mm. Between the two screenings, Felix Thorsen Katzenelson from Danish newspaper Politiken and a variety of enthusiastic Showgirls geeks will further build up the expectation about why ‘Showgirls’ is such an iconic movie. We will present a very special drink-a-long game, serve Vegas style drinks and launch a manicure salon in Asta Bar before the screening. So come get your glam on and prepare for a movie incredibly fascinated by – yes – nails.

Lisbon Beat

Kunsthal Charlottenborg, March 20, 21:45
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Come along on a vibrating and rhythmic journey through the suburbs of Lisbon, where colonialism has left its mark. People, young and old, from various backgrounds, struggling with visas and residence permits, get together in the innovative Afro-Portuguese music scene.

Come along on a vibrating and rhythmic journey through the suburbs of Lisbon, where colonialism has left its mark. People, young and old, from various backgrounds, struggling with visas and residence permits, get together in the innovative Afro-Portuguese music scene. Music is rising from the streets – the older generations turn to traditional african instruments, while the young producers and DJ’s create their distinctive hyperkinetic and danceable sound – bringing them from street parties in the suburbs to clubs around the world. ‘Lisbon Beat’ is an energetic portrayal of a city, with its cultural and political problems, shedding light on how important music can be for identity and community.

Get ready to be blown away, when we open the doors to polyrhythms and experimental beats, at our opening party. Starting out with a vibrating film introducing the audience to the Afro-Portuguese music scene, followed by a DJ-set by DJ Nigga Fox we will kick off this year’s festival at Charlottenborg. To get the dancefloor going one of the most prominent figures within the characteristic Afro-Portuguese sound, DJ Nigga Fox, will be behind the turntable – bring the danceshoes and be ready to move those feet.

Robolove

Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 21. marts, 14:15
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Following the film, we’ll host a panel discussion about social robots and their relevance to humans. Meet associate professor of philosophy and technology Marco Nørskov, associate professor of art and technology Elizabeth Jochum and the director of ‘Robolove’ Maria Arlamovsky, when they discuss the questions: what will our relationships with robots look like in the future? And will robots be able to replace aspects of the social relationships between humans? Henrik Føhns, host of the podcast ‘Techtopia’ will moderate the discussion.

ABOUT THE FILM
In ‘Robolove’ we’re introduced to robots like Hiroshi Ishiguro’s Geminoid robots and Hanson Robotics’s Bina48, who, according to their creators, soon will replace aspects of the social relations between humans. But can robots be a cure for loneliness or satisfy our need for intimacy and sex? ‘Robolove’ is both an exciting science-film about technology in rapid development, but also a movie about how the arrival of social robots forces us to ask ourselves what it means to be human.

Lovemobil

Empire Bio, March 21, 15:00
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Along the German highway between Hannover and Wolfsburg a dark-haired woman is sitting in the front seat of a camper, with red lights as the only thing illuminating her. ‘Lovemobil’ is an intimate portrait of Rita and Milena, and their lives as sexworkers.

Along the German highway between Hannover and Wolfsburg a dark-haired woman is sitting in the front seat of a camper, with red lights as the only thing illuminating her. ‘Lovemobil’ is an intimate portrait of Nigerian Rita and Bulgarian Milena, and their lives as sexworkers. The endless hours spent in the caravan, and the loneliness and longing for their families, is only interrupted by conversations with their landlord Uschi – an elderly woman who rents out the campers, that their customers are invited into. But when a colleague is killed by a customer, this highway microcosm is shaken, and both Rita and Milena explore the possibility of living a different and better life.

In Denmark prostitution is not legalized as it is in Germany. Since 1999 it has been decriminalized, making it legal to buy and sell sex, but prostitution as a profession not recognized. But what does this mean for the life and rights of sexworkers in Denmark? To answer this question we have invited experts within the field. Meet Associate Professor at Aalborg University Marlene Spanger, sex worker Sofie Brandvarm, member of parliament for the Conservative Party Brigitte Klintskov Jerkel and a spokesperson for SIO (the Danish Sex Workers’ Interest Organization). After the film and debate, come have a look inside Sexelancen – a rebuild van, that is now used to secure better conditions for sex workers.The volunteers will be there to answer questions.

Perfect Black

Cinemateket, March 21, 16:30
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Black is more than just a colour. Meet six different people, who each works passionately to discover the perfect black: the astronomer searching for black spots in the sky, the classical musician, who hears in colour, the grieving woman, painting her way through her grief, the tattoo artist with the…

Black is more than just a colour. Meet six different people, who each works passionately to discover the perfect black: the astronomer searching for black spots in the sky, the classical musician, who hears in colour, the grieving woman, painting her way through her grief, the tattoo artist with the blackest ink, the marine biologist, who explores life at the bottom of the ocean, and the photographer who only perceives contrast. ‘Perfect Black’ is an unusual science film that through Tom Fröhlich’s piercing black/white visuals and a resounding, tactile score opens up a new appreciation for the engrossing black.

Following the Danish premiere of the documentary ‘Perfect Black’, we continue in the spirit of the film when three scientists take the stage to share their idea of ‘perfect black’. What do you find in the darkness at the bottom of the ocean? How does blackness sound? And what is the new blackest black? Meet marine biologist Antje Boetius, who features in the the film, as well as associate professor of cognitive psychology Thomas Alrik Sørensen and professor of nanotechnology Peter Bøggild. In addition, we will be joined by director Tom Fröhlich who, together with the three researchers, will take us on a journey into science’s wondrous fascination with black.

Martin Margiela: In His Own Words

Kunsthal Charlottenborg, March 21, 16:45
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When Martin Margiela has his breakthrough in the 1990s, he was so far ahead of everyone, that the fashion world is still catching up. The elusive fashion designer, who thought like an artist and who with a simple and genius touch could turn the fashion world upside down…

When Martin Margiela has his breakthrough in the 1990s, he was so far ahead of everyone, that the fashion world is still catching up. The elusive fashion designer, who thought like an artist and who with a simple and genius touch could turn the fashion world upside down, and who early on decided to be anonymous. It’s what myths are made of. But instead of cultivating the myth, we’re invited into Margiela’s studio – and his head – with him as our (audio) guide! A deeply inspiring movie about the Banksy of fashion, about thinking radically and creatively and about breaking the invisible rules of tradition.

Martin Margiela is a mystery to many. We’ll learn much more about when we, together with Copenhagen Fashion Week and Normann Copenhagen host a talk with invited experts to uncover and discuss the iconic designer himself. Meet Else Skjold (associate professor, KADK), Ane Lynge-Jorlén (director, Designer’s Nest) and the movie’s director, Reiner Holzemer for a conversation about Margiela’s groundbreaking designs and long-lasting influence on the world of fashion. The talk will be held at the beautiful Social Cinema at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

The conversation will be in English.

Winter Journey

Grand Teatret, March 22, 16:40
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The award-winning documentary-filmmaker Anders Østergaard has returned with ‘Winter Journey’ – the story of a family, told by the radio host Martin Goldsmith whose parents were classical musicians in the Kulturbund, until they fled to the United States. ‘Winter Journey’ is a portrait of a poignant but unknown part of Nazi-Germany’s history, that connects to a present still affected by trauma and taboos.

After the premiere of ‘Winter Journey’, you’ll be able to meet the film’s director, Anders Østergaard (‘Gasolin’, ‘Tintin et Moi’, ‘Burma VJ’) in conversation with senior researcher at DIIS, Cecilie Felicia Stokholm Banke, whose research is focused on antisemitism, the Holocaust and collective memory in Europe. The conversation will be moderated by essay-editor at Politiken, Marcus Rubin. You can also meet Anders Østergaard the same day during the festival Historiske Dage, where he’ll be discussing ‘Winter Journey’ and showing clips from the film. Read more at historiskedage.dk

Under Hitler’s watchful eye, Jewish artists in Germany were allowed to continue their work by agreeing to join Goebbels’ Jüdischer Kulturbund: a group of Jewish musicians and theatre-folk, who were exclusively allowed to perform for Jewish audiences.

Jozi Gold

Empire, March 23, 17:00
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‘Jozi Gold’ sheds an unprecedented light on the disastrous gold mining industry of Johannesburg (or simply Jozi) that has produced one third of all the gold in the world. The film follows Mariette Liefferick, almost a South African version Erin Brockovich, who has broken out of Jehovah’s Witnesses and is now on a merciless mission – wearing stilettos – to hold the local gold mining industry responsible for the environmental nightmare that has arisen through the mining industry: Radioactive waste, toxic drinking water and air pollution for Jozi’s people.

Her efforts reveal the mining companies’ indifference to the lives they have destroyed and are still destroying, but also an indomitable activist who, along with the local South Africans, will fight to the last. For as Mariette says: “The wheels of Justice turn slow”.

Following the international premiere of ‘Jozi Gold’, we are happy to welcome the protagonist and super hero of the film, Mariette Liefferink. The indomitable activist will visit CPH:DOX together with the film’s two directors, South African Sylvia Vollenhoven and Swedish Fredrik Gertten, who’s also behind documentary hits such as ‘The Young Zlatan’ and ‘Bikes vs. Cars’, and who last year won the Politiken Audience Award at CPH:DOX for ‘Push’.

Aznavour By Charles

Grand Teatret, March 23, 19:00
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Together with the French Film Evenings at Grand Teatret, we are presenting the documentary AZNAVOUR BY CHARLES (by Marc di Domenico & Charles Aznavour) portraying one of France’s most iconic artists.

Film director Marc di Domenico set out to do this documentary just a few months after the recent death of Charles Aznavour. The film is based on footage from Aznavour’s 16mm Paillard film camera, which was a gift from French songbird Edith Piaf. The film is a tribute to the French artists and a visual poem to life, literature and the beautiful music.

Wood

Empire Bio, March 23, 19:30
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After the world premiere of ‘Wood’, you’ll be able to meet the film’s director for a conversation about the globally-spanning illegal production of wood, and their investigative work attempting to expose it. Learn more about the Environmental Investigation Agency’s work and how extensive the global illegal logging and timber-production is.

Every year 20 mill. cubic meters of wood is logged illegally from Romania’s forests. But where does the wood end up? And who’s making the money? Alexander von Bismarck is the administrative director of the Environmental Investigation Agency and like James Bond, goes undercover to document how companies, throughout the whole world, produce and distribute illegally logged wood. In thriller-like ways, ‘Wood’ shows how a whole industry is dependent on product made illegally, and simultaneously gets up-close-and-personal with the corrupt people who earn droves of money on illegal timber-production, and who could flatten whole forests without even batting an eye.

Little Girl

Big Bio Nordhavn, March 24, 18:30
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Following the film screening of ‘Little Girl’ we invite you to join us for a talk about transgender children and their family. With a selection of experts to give a nuanced talk about how we perceive transgender in Denmark, what is the process of a legal gender confirmation, and how can parents support their children in this matter?

Sasha is an eight-year-old French girl who loves ballet, playing with her siblings and trying out her colorful dresses. But according to her social number, Sasha is not a girl but a boy. ‘Little Girl’ is a film you will not leave untouched, as it tenderly and honestly portrays the life of a young, transgendered child and not least what it means to be the parents of Sasha, who so terribly wants to be the little girl, she has always felt like. With the help and advice of experts, Sasha’s mother takes on the task of her life: To fight for a society that gives room for Sasha to be herself, just as she is.

The Fight

Empire Bio, March 25, 17:15
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Meet Edward Snowden’s lawyer Ben Wizner (ACLU) and Lars Tønder (professor, UCPH) among others in a debate about the global significance of the Trump lawsuits and their effect of populism on civil law.

ABOUT THE FILM
With Trump in the White House, the attorneys at the ACLU (American Civil Rights Union) are working overtime in their efforts to fight his civil rights attack. Through four lawsuits where all have reached the international press, the lawyers in ‘The Fight’ fights back against Trump’s historic attempt to separate parents from their children at the Mexican border, blocks access to free abortion, expel transgender soldiers from the military and are taking back peoples right to vote. ‘The Fight’ is the story of a group of lawyers who stand firmly in the name of the court – even against the world’s most powerful man.

Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power

Den Sorte Diamant, March 25, 19:00
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With the rise of authoritarian politicians and anti-abortion movements and the threat of climate change lurking in the background, Margaret Atwood’s books have never seemed more relevant. With the tv adaptation of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Atwood’s name has been cemented world wide.

With the rise of authoritarian politicians, anti-abortion movements gaining ground and the threat of climate change lurking in the background, Margaret Atwood’s books have never seemed more relevant. With the television adaptation of the dystopian ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Atwood’s name has been cemented world wide. In this film, we follow the indomitable 80-year-old Atwood around the world, during her press tour for ‘The Testaments’, the long-awaited sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale. The film gives us a heartfelt insight into a life centered on Atwood’s passion for literature, politics, and nature. Through archive clips and interviews, we get a glimpse of a woman who throughout her life has said what she meant – and put action behind her words.

Margaret Atwood is one of the world’s greatest writers, and with her dystopian depictions of the future, descriptions of strong women and her activist work, she seems more relevant than ever. CPH:DOX and The Royal Library invites you to experience the new Atwood documentary in the Queen’s Hall, in the company of the film’s two directors Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont as well as critic and writer Bo Green Jensen.

Bitter Love

Kunsthal Charlottenborg, March 26, 17:30
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What follows the one and only? And is it possible to find love again, when you’ve left your first love behind you? Like the majority of the passengers aboard the ship in ‘Bitter Love’, more elderly people are now searching for their second great love, because why spend the rest of your life alone if you can share it with someone instead

After the showing of ‘Bitter Love’, we’ll follow-up with a conversation about finding love later in life. Meet the married couple Astrid Høgh and Torben Jensen (known from the DR-documentary ‘7-9-13) and anthropologist Bjarke Oxlund (Ældre Sagen), whose research focuses on how the elderly continue to become more and active.

Everyone on board is missing something in their life: happiness, love, company – and the lucky ones find what they’re searching for onboard. We are on a Russian cruise ship, – a floating microcosm of cheap luxury, where a wide and varied array of people collectively float down the Volga River. Most of them have their best years behind them and know it. But even the youngest passengers have a hard time with love and relationships. There’s even a psychic onboard – a real tough cookie, who never holds back when her fellow passengers visit her to hear what the future holds. Life is long and happiness is unpredictable, but the tragi-comic tone of the film is amusing and heartwarming, and without spoiling too much – there is a happy ending in sight before the end of the trip. The Polish Jerzy Sladkowski has with ‘Bitter Love’ created a fun, charming and knowledgeable film, that’ll certainly win over more than a few hearts.

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Big Bio Nordhavn, March 26, 18:30
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In ‘Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound’, Hollywood’s greatest directors – from Spielberg and Lucas to Coppola and Lynch – gather to pay tribute to the sound designers who are responsible for the fact, that you will never forget the sound of a lightsaber, the roar of a T-Rex…

In ‘Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound’, Hollywood’s greatest directors – from Spielberg and Lucas to Coppola and Lynch – gather to pay tribute to the sound designers who are responsible for the fact, that you will never forget the sound of a lightsaber, the roar of a T-Rex or the sound of a helicopter flying low over the jungle of Vietnam. Through film clips, interviews, and archival footage, we get an unprecedented – and unheard of – insight into the work behind the unforgettable sound designs, while getting close to living legends such as Walter Murch (‘Apocalypse Now’), Ben Burtt (‘Star Wars’) and Gary Rydstrom (‘Jurassic Park’).

It’s all about sound. We have invited one of Denmark’s most talented sound designer Peter Albrechtsen, Oscar-nominated director Feras Fayyad and Finnish foley artist Heikki Kossi, together they will unfold the importance of sound design in film.

Cunningham

Big Bio Nordhavn, March 27, 18:30
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For this specific film screening dancer, Stefanos Bizas will make an introduction to the film and his relation to the legendary choreographer.

Merce Cunningham revived modern dance. As a dancer and choreographer over an active period of more than 50 years, his influence cannot be overstated. Instructor Alla Kovgan has assembled the last members of the original Merce Cunningham Dance Company to stage a selection of his landmark works from 1942 to 1972 at a number of unusual locations. The staggeringly beautiful performances are beautifully immortalized in 3D, bringing one closer to Cunningham’s vision than ever before. In between the works we experience the master himself in action – both as a dancer and in rare interviews.

Maddy the Model

Palads, March 27, 19:00
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Like Maddy, many others take the lead in challenging the beauty ideals we encounter in the fashion industry. After the screening of ‘Maddy’, we have invited Mulle Skouboe from (‘Danmarks Lækreste Spasser’ DR2) to talk with journalist and fashion expert Chris Pedersen about the struggle in challenging what we understand as beauty ideals.

ABOUT THE FILM
Australian Maddy Stuart has walked the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, been on the cover of international fashion magazines and has more than 700,000 followers on Facebook. But life is not straightforward, because Maddy is fighting her own battle every day. She is the world’s first professional supermodel with Down’s syndrome. She is a young girl, with her mother as eternal support, who challenges norms of beauty as she fights for people with disabilities around the world. But is Maddy’s career able to ensure greater diversity in the industry – or is she just the latest trend in the fashion world?

The Kingmaker

Empire Bio, March 28, 15:00
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“Perception is real. The truth is not.” So says Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, who first became famous for her beauty and extensive shoe collection, and later for her family’s loss of power and escape from the country – with her diamonds hidden away safely in the children’s nappies. Now she’s back…

“Perception is real. The truth is not.” So says Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, who first became famous for her beauty and extensive shoe collection, and later for her family’s loss of power and escape from the country – with her diamonds hidden away safely in the children’s nappies. Now she’s back and set on getting her son, Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’, elected as the controversial President Rodrigo Duterte’s Vice President. The award-winning documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has gained exclusive access to Marcos, who openly retells (her version of) the story of the first lady, who wanted to be the entire people’s mother.

Is there a direct connection between the Marcos-regime and the current controversial president Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines? And is Duterte’s war on drugs and conflicts with the UN a direct result of the current ‘post-truth’-climate and ‘strong-man’-ideals? After the screening of ‘The Kingmaker’, we will zoom in on the political situation in the Philippines in the company of expert Laila Matar (Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch). Learn more about the current situation and the country’s history, from its independence in 1946 to the Marcos-regime and Duterte today. NB: the talk will be in English.

Overseas

Grand Teatret, March 29, 14:00
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Meet a group of women at an au pair training academy in the Philippines, preparing for life as OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers). At the academy they practice the situations they might be exposed to, working as au pairs, such as being yelled at by their employers. Their instructor’s message is clear: “Never cry in front of your employers. It shows weakness. Filipinos are not weak”.

Meet a group of women at an au pair training academy in the Philippines, preparing for life as OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers). At the academy they practice the situations they might be exposed to, working as au pairs, such as being yelled at by their employers. Their instructor’s message is clear: “Never cry in front of your employers. It shows weakness. Filipinos are not weak”. ‘Overseas’ provides a unique insight into a women’s community, with all its solidarity, political conversation and instructions in basic labor rights. But also makes room for the harsh and lonely reality that awaits the young women, when they leave their own family and friends to take care of the homes of strangers. 

After the screening of ‘Overseas’, with its unique insights into life at a training academy for au pairs in the Philippines, we shift our focus to the current debate concerning the au pair scheme in Denmark. What political challenges do au pairs in Denmark face? Will a change in the scheme have any effect on this? And how can we improve the conditions and labor rights under which au pairs in Denmark live and work? To further elaborate on this, we have invited associated professor at Roskilde University and one of Denmark’s leading researchers in the field, Helle Stenum, Rasmus Stoklund from Socialdemokraterne and the Au Pair Network.

Pieces of Rebecca

URBAN 13, March 29, 14:00
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The entrepreneur Rebecca Vera Stahnke has cut her contact with the established fashion industry and is now focusing everything on her new concept Veras. In a reality where tons of clothing and confrontations are a part of everyday life, Rebeccas biggest challenge is ultimately herself.

‘Pieces of Rebecca’ follows the personal journey through a young entrepreneur’s first year, but is first and foremost a human tale of Rebecca herself – the woman behind the phenomenon of Veras.

Swap yourself a brand new wardrobe. Together with Veras Market we will host a op-up market and present the film PIECES OF REBECCA followed by a debate on sustainability in the fashion industry. We have invited Rebecca Vera Stahnke, who is the women behind Veras Vintage and Veras Market, as well as Sille Henning (stylist) and Tanja Gotthardsen (blogger behind Used first). The discussion will be moderated by editor-in-chief of ELLE DK, Cecilie Ingdal.