• Cold Case Hammarskjöld
  • Cold Case Hammarskjöld
  • Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

by Mads Brügger International Documentary Film / Competition

“This could either be the world’s biggest murder mystery – or the world’s most idiotic conspiracy theory.” The story begins in 1961, when UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld is killed in a plane crash in the Congo. The controversial background of the event remains unclear to this day, and shrouds the incident in the allure of an unresolved crime. More than 50 years later, investigative journalist and filmmaker Mads Brügger revisits the case. Equipped with a safari helmet, he sets out and in his own, provocatively humorous search for clues, forces himself into the surprisingly deep and frightening abyss of an opaque reality that has an unmistakable colonial dimension. Oscillating between serious research and a manipulative game of media possibilities, he draws us into the maelstrom of an unexplained case – and a plethora of conspiracy theories.


  • Genre: DOC: Social Interest & Politics
  • Country, Year: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, 2019
  • Runtime: 128 Min
  • Languages: English, French, Bemba, Swedish, Danish
  • Subtitles: English, German
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  • Director: Mads Brügger
  • Cast: Mads Brügger, Göran Björkdahl
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  • Screenplay: Mads Brügger
  • Cinematography: Tore Vollan
  • Editor: Nicolás Nørgaard Staffolani
  • Sound: Viðar Hákon Gíslason, Joakim Hauge Vocke, Rune Bjerre Sand
  • Music: Kaada
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  • Producers: Peter Engel, Bjarte Mørner Tveit, Andreas Rocksén
  • Co-Producer: Bram Crols
  • Executive Producers: Peter Engel, Bjarte Mørner Tveit, Torstein Grude
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  • Production Companies: Wingman Media, Piraya Film AS, Laika Film & Television, Associate Directors, DR, SVT Sveriges Television, Bertha Foundation | Doc Society, Film i Väst AB, BBC Storyville, RTBF, GEO Television
  • World Sales: DR Sales
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