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Cold Case Hammarskjöld

In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. It’s understood that because the Secretary-General 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.

Poster for the investigative documentary Cold Case HammarskjöldWith the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red ChapelThe Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. He, his Swedish private-investigator sidekick, and a host of collaborators 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 Institute

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