A film by Mads Brügger
In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. It’s understood that because Hammarskjöld was, at the time, advocating for Congo’s independence (against the wishes of European mining companies and other powerful entities), the “crash” was an assassination. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. He, his Swedish private-investigator sidekick, and a host of co-conspirators tirelessly pursue a winding trail of clues, but they turn up more mysteries than revelations. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, they begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything they’d initially imagined.
In his signature agitprop style, Brügger becomes both filmmaker and subject, challenging the very nature of truth by “performing” the role of truth seeker. As Brügger uncovers a critical secret that could send shockwaves around the world, we realize that sometimes absurdity and irony are the emboldening ingredients needed to confront what’s truly sinister.
Sundance Film Festival 2019 - winner World Cinema Documentary Directing Award
Göteborg Film Festival 2019
HUMAN International Documentary Festival 2019
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2019
DOCVILLE International Documentary Film Festival 2019
DIRECTED BY Mads Brügger
WRITTEN BY Mads Brügger
PRODUCED BY Peter Engel, Andreas Rocksén, Bjarte M. Tveit, Bram Crols
DOP Tore Vollan
EDITOR Nicolás Norgaard Staffolani
SOUND DESIGNER Senjan Jansen