Cold Case Hammarskjöld

This wild, stranger-than-fiction documentary depicts the most disturbing true-crime investigation you’re likely to have seen in recent years.

Dir-Scr Mads Brügger
Prod Peter Engel
With Göran Björkdahl, Mads Brügger
With partial English subtitles (some scenes are not in the English language)
Sales DR International Sales

‘This could either be the world’s biggest murder mystery, or the world’s most idiotic conspiracy theory’. So begins Mads Brügger’s investigation, in which he attempts to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld, who served as the second Secretary General of the United Nations. In 1961, while attempting to negotiate a ceasefire in the Congo, his plane crashed in Zambia, killing all on board. The reason for the crash is a mystery. A number of conspiracy theories exist, particularly as Hammarskjöld was outspoken in his opposition to colonialism and appeared on the black list of many powerful mining companies. But Brügger’s revelations about this period go far beyond an unsolved murder and the film’s chilling finale will leave you gobsmacked.

Laure Bonville

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Mads Brügger, director; Andreas Rocksén, producer; Bjarte Mørner Tveit, producer.

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Filmmakers’ attendance made possible thanks to the Embassy of Denmark in the United Kingdom.

Additional information

This is a 18+ screening.