Danish Co-Productions To Look Out For
Creative exchange and financing across borders makes good sense in filmmaking. Four documentary titles show the fruit of Danish producers working with their peers in Finland, Norway and Sweden.
Technology is expanding at an unprecedented rate changing our wars and possibly our world. Through voices on both sides of this new technology, “Drone” gives crucial context and new perspectives to the covert CIA drone wars. Over 3000 people have been killed by drones in Waziristan since 2004. The film gives new insights on the future of warfare. Should robots decide who, when and where to kill? Does the new technology make it too easy to kill or is it saving lives by making war more humane?
Director: Tonje Hessen Schei
Production: Lars Løge for Flimmer Film (Norway)
Danish co-producers: Stefan Frost, Henrik Underbjerg for Radiator Film
A group of young men from the favelas of São Paulo risk their lives to make their mark on the world, going out at night to spray-paint high-rises with slogans. Are they artists, criminals or anarchists? The art world flirts with them and the authorities hate them. The pixadores have to choose between staying on the fringes of society with their protest or becoming more mainstream risking being kissed to death in a world unknown to them until now.
Director: Amir Escandari
Production: Miia Haavisto for Helsinkifilmi (Finland)
Danish co-producer: Miriam Nørgaard for Fridthjof Film
Enter the badlands of Bundelkhand in central India and you have entered a place of desolation, dust and despair. And yet it is hope that we discover as we follow the pink sari-clad women of the Gulabi Gang. These women travel long distances by cart and tractor, bus and train, to wrest justice for women and Dalits, undeterred by sneering policemen and condescending bureaucrats. As the film pulls us into the centre of these blazing conflicts, it uncovers a complex story, disturbing yet heartening.
Director: Nishtha Jain
Production: Torstein Grude for Piraya Film (Norway)
Danish co-producers: Anne Köhncke and Signe Byrge Sørensen for Final Cut For Real
The film is based on newly discovered archive material covering the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in Africa. This powerful footage is combined with citations from Frantz Fanon’s landmark book “The Wretched of the Earth” written in 1960 and still a major tool for understanding and illuminating the neocolonialism happening today, as well as the unrest and the reactions against it.
Director: Göran Hugo Olsson
Production: Annika Rogell and Tobias Janson for Story (Sweden)
Danish co-producers: Monica Hellström and Anne Köhncke for Final Cut for Real