Cold Case Hammarskjöld


TIFF Lightbox 1 Mon, Apr 29, 2019 9:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 4 Tue, Apr 30, 2019 9:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Denmark
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Africa
Mystery & Intrigue
Politics & Political Intrigue
Northern Europe
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Mads Brügger
Producer(s):Arno Becker
Andreas Rocksén
Bjarte Mørner Tveit
Executive Producer(s):Peter Engel
Torstein Grude
Bjarte Mørner Tveit
Editor(s):Nicolás Nørgaard Staffolani
Writer(s):Mads Brügger
Cinematography:Tore Vollan
Composer:John Erik Kaada
Sound:Senjan Jansen
Bert Aerts


On September 18, 1961, a plane carrying United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld and 15 others crashed near Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). There were no survivors and it was immediately suspected that Hammarskjöld was assassinated. Hammarskjöld was a highly controversial figure due to his support for decolonizing Africa, and at the time of his death, he was en route to negotiate peace talks during the Congo Crisis. Fifty years of unanswered questions and conspiracy theories lead offbeat journalist and documentarian Mads Brügger to reopen the case. With help from a Swedish private investigator, Brügger traverses the continent, scouring documents and interviewing witnesses, hoping to finally unearth the truth. But the answers they eventually find are far more horrific than anyone could have imagined. Nataleah Hunter-Young

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