Here are the first announcements for CPH:DOX 2020

From March 18 to 29, CPH:DOX returns with an artistic cross section of the world in 2020. As always, the programme will be packed with high-profile debates, alternative events and quirky parties. The first 15 titles and events selected for CPH:DOX 2020 are already here and ready for your eyes. 

Dive into all the newly announced films and keep an eye out for more announcements in the coming weeks.

Shade Grown Coffee

Big Bio Nordhavn, March 18, 18.30
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Driven by the love of coffee and aspiration to change the world for the better, ‘Shade Grown Coffee’ takes us on a journey from seeds to sprouts and red cherries to the steaming coffee served worldwide. The film explores the global production of coffee…

Driven by the love of coffee and aspiration to change the world for the better, ‘Shade Grown Coffee’ takes us on a journey from seeds to sprouts and red cherries to the steaming coffee served worldwide. The film explores the global production of coffee and shares insights into a very special method of cultivation, that benefits both nature and the people working in the shade farms. Traveling to Ethiopia, Jamaica and El Salvador, this film is a must-watch for both coffee lovers and climate activists.

We invite you to an evening of quality coffee and sustainability when ‘Shade Grown Coffee’ celebrates its world premiere at CPH:DOX. Meet director Alexander Kinnunen, co-founder of the Danish-based Coffee Collective, Casper Engel Rasmussen and Ethiopian coffee farmer, supplier to Coffee Collective and one of the film’s protagonists Akmel Nuri, who will join us in Copenhagen for the premiere. After the screening, we invite you to a professional coffee tasting in the café at Big Bio Nordhavn with Casper and Akmel as proficient guides. Learn how to slurp your coffee just the right way!

NB: The conversation will be in English.

I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die

Aveny-T, March 18, 21:15
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Betty lives with her two children and family of eleven in a Colorado suburb. With a boyfriend, recently clean and a prison sentence hanging over his head, there is no silver lining to be seen for the young mother in the margins of American society. But there are dreams…

Betty lives with her two children and family of eleven in a Colorado suburb. With a boyfriend, recently clean and a prison sentence hanging over his head, there is no silver lining to be seen for the young mother in the margins of American society. But there are dreams and a sense of community. Eva Marie Rødbro’s film is a collage of snapshots from a life that cannot be contained within a classic narrative. The form reflects the situation and places Rødbro’s first feature-length film in an intersection between art-photography and rough social realism. A life and film far from Hollywood.

Already a star, Eva Marie Rødbro, has received lots of attention and positive reviews for her latest film with the poetic title ‘I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die’. The film will have it’s Danish premiere at Aveny-T, and we are excited to let you know that the artist behind the film’s original soundtrack, Nurse (Josephine Struckmann), will perform her song ‘Lonely Rider’ from her debut album ‘Revelations of a Girl’. You can of course also meet Eva Marie Rødbro for a Q&A after the premiere.

Space Dogs

Cinemateket, March 18, 16:45
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The golden age of the Soviet space program is full of cosmic brutality, even affecting man’s best friend. Most famous is stray dog Laika, who according to local legends is still rummaging around the streets of Moscow like a ghost, ever reminding us of the systematic experiments on animals…

The golden age of the Soviet space program is full of cosmic brutality, even affecting man’s best friend. Most famous is stray dog Laika, who according to local legends is still rummaging around the streets of Moscow like a ghost, ever reminding us of the systematic experiments on animals, that are also a part of the story of mankind’s giant leap in moon boots. ‘Space Dogs’ is an exceptional and infinitely beautiful, but also barbarically raw film consisting of both archival recordings from the space program as well as current poetic images of stray dogs roaming the streets of Moscow today as Laika’s spiritual descendents.

After the screening of ‘Space Dogs’, we will return to earth’s orbit with a panel debate about the questions of animal experiments and scientific breakthroughs. What are the ethical principles behind animal experiments? Have any historic discoveries been so essential, that they were worth the life of a monkey, a turtle or a stray dog? Meet Peter Sandøe (professor of Bioethics, University of Copenhagen), Kirsten Rosenmay Jacobsen (veterinarian and member of The Animal Experiments Inspectorate) and Kristian Hvidtfeldt Nielsen (associate professor of History of Science, Aarhus University). Moderator: Mie Stage, journalist at Ingeniøren.

Sing Me a Song

Cinemateket, March 18, 16:30
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An 8-year old monk is laying in the grass, surrounded by the stunning Himalaya mountains in Bhutan while he dreams of becoming a Lama. This is Peyangi from Thomas Balmés’ film ‘Happiness’ (2013). Cut to ten years later, and Peyangi is a young man struggling to navigate in an existence…

An 8-year old monk is laying in the grass, surrounded by the stunning Himalaya mountains in Bhutan while he dreams of becoming a Lama. This is Peyangi from Thomas Balmés’ film ‘Happiness’ (2013). Cut to ten years later, and Peyangi is a young man struggling to navigate in an existence that has been blown over backwards by the arrival of modern technology. The young monks still recite prayers with their heads bowed, but now their attention is turned towards the smartphones in their hands. In ‘Sing Me a Song’ Peyangi’s personal coming-of-age story is combined with a macropolitical tale of the technological evolution in what used to be the world’s last disconnected country.

After the screening, we shift our attention from the monks of Bhutan to our modern Danish society. With the internet and advanced technology as a completely integrated part of our everyday life, lots of children find joy in both gaming as well as social media. New relations are created and loneliness averted, but these spaces are also dominated by anxiety and like counts. CPH:DOX presents a conversation with philosopher Vincent F. Hendricks and media expert Camilla Mehlsen, who have co-written the book ‘Like’, and who will be joined in conversation by one of Denmark’s most famous gamers, Marie Watson, who since she was 14 years old has found a space within the gaming world to be herself, and has made a career out of live-streaming herself, while she is playing.

Collective

Aveny-T, March 18, 16:30
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In October 2015 the nightclub Colectiv in Bucharest caught fire, causing one of the biggest disasters in recent Romanian history. 27 people died, while 180 were seriously injured. But the disaster proved to be even greater. As journalists at a local sports newspaper start investigating the case…

In October 2015 the nightclub Colectiv in Bucharest caught fire, causing one of the biggest disasters in recent Romanian history. 27 people died, while 180 were seriously injured. But the disaster proved to be even greater. As journalists at a local sports newspaper start investigating the case, the entire Romanian health sector and the Social Democratic government appear to be involved. With ‘Collective’ romanian director Alexander Nanau has created a fierce portrait of corrupt rulers and idealistic journalists, who seem to come right out of films such as ‘Spotlight’ and ‘The Insider’, and who refuse to give up before the story is out.

We present four of the sharpest investigative journalists in Denmark: Morten Pihl, Tea Krogh Sørensen, Eva Jung og Michael Klint – all of whom have won the honorable The Cavling Prize for outstanding journalistic work. Meet Morten Pihl and Tea Krogh Sørensen, who were awarded with The Cavling Prize 2019 for their articles about the Danish healthcare sector, Eva Jung who won the award in 2018 with an investigative team from the newspaper Berlingske for their investigation of the money laundering in Danske Bank and Michael Klint, who like Morten Pihl has won The Cavling Prize three times for his documentary work. Moderator: John Hansen, Head of Investigative Journalism at Politiken.

A Gift From God

Cinemateket, March 19, 16:45
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What actually happened during Turkey’s military coup in 2016? And why was it so remarkably easy for President Erdoğan to quash a coup attempt that he later described as “a gift from God”? In this investigative documentary film…

What actually happened during Turkey’s military coup in 2016? And why was it so remarkably easy for President Erdoğan to quash a coup attempt that he later described as “a gift from God”? In this investigative documentary film, the Norwegian journalist Jørgen Lorentzen seeks to uncover the truth behind the attempted coup. Using revealing footage, confidential documents and witness testimonies from political refugees, former public officials and the opposition leader Fethullah Gülen, Lorentzen creates an inside look at a government and a country that is currently internationally looked upon with both concern and criticism.

The situation in Turkey and requires knowledge and perspective to understand. We’re inviting some of Denmark’s leading experts on Turkey to debate the movie’s interpretation of the coup, as well as Erdogan’s actions and the international conflicts, that Turkey has become involved in since then. Meet Martin Lidegaard (chairman of The Foreign Policy Committee), Özlem Cekic (social commentator and lecturer), Pola Rojan Bagger (Middle East analyst) and Lars Bangert Struwe (General Secretary of the Danish Atlantic Council).

Love Child

Grand Teatret, March 19, 18:45
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Leila and Sahand are happy together, they have a young son and are ready for a fresh start in life. But there is one crucial problem: They are both still married to other people. And that has serious consequences in their native country of Iran. Eva Mulvad’s newest documentary film…

Leila and Sahand are happy together, they have a young son and are ready for a fresh start in life. But there is one crucial problem: They are both still married to other people. And that has serious consequences in their native country of Iran. Eva Mulvad’s newest documentary film ‘Love Child’ follows the family’s escape to Turkey and during the next six years, while they’re attempting to get through the asylum process and become officially acknowledged as a family. Mulvad’s direction is focused on Leila and Sahand, through the loving moments as well as the painful processes they are forced to go through, to be able to live in safety as the family they already are.

What is the price of loving another human being? For some people it can be a matter of life and death. In a country like Iran the price is high when you love someone, you are not married to. After the Danish premiere of Eva Mulvad’s new documentary ‘Love Child’, we follow up with a debate about fleeing in the name of love. Meet the head of the Asylum Department of Danish Refugee Council Eva Singer, Iranian-born comedian and actor Ellie Jokar (‘Det slører stadig’, ‘Den lyserøde taxi’) and the film’s director Eva Mulvad. Moderator: Journalist and lawyer Nima Zamani.

Lisbon Beat

Kunsthal Charlottenborg, March 20, 21:45
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Come along on a vibrating and rhythmic journey through the suburbs of Lisbon, where colonialism has left its mark. People, young and old, from various backgrounds, struggling with visas and residence permits, get together in the innovative Afro-Portuguese music scene.

Come along on a vibrating and rhythmic journey through the suburbs of Lisbon, where colonialism has left its mark. People, young and old, from various backgrounds, struggling with visas and residence permits, get together in the innovative Afro-Portuguese music scene. Music is rising from the streets – the older generations turn to traditional african instruments, while the young producers and DJ’s create their distinctive hyperkinetic and danceable sound – bringing them from street parties in the suburbs to clubs around the world. ‘Lisbon Beat’ is an energetic portrayal of a city, with its cultural and political problems, shedding light on how important music can be for identity and community.

Get ready to be blown away, when we open the doors to polyrhythms and experimental beats, at our opening party. Starting out with a vibrating film introducing the audience to the Afro-Portuguese music scene, followed by a DJ-set by DJ Nigga Fox we will kick off this year’s festival at Charlottenborg. To get the dancefloor going one of the most prominent figures within the characteristic Afro-Portuguese sound, DJ Nigga Fox, will be behind the turntable – bring the danceshoes and be ready to move those feet.

You Don’t Nomi

Cinemateket, March 20, 21:00
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At its 1995 premiere ‘Showgirls’ was singled out as the worst film ever. Today, Paul Verhoeven’s notorious flop about strippers in Las Vegas has gained a cult status. But is it actually an involuntary masterpiece? Pop culture is also political, and with ‘Showgirls’ as the ultimate center…

At its 1995 premiere ‘Showgirls’ was singled out as the worst film ever. Today, Paul Verhoeven’s notorious flop about strippers in Las Vegas has gained a cult status. But is it actually an involuntary masterpiece? Pop culture is also political, and with ‘Showgirls’ as the ultimate center of conversation, everything from gender struggles to cultural criticism is turned upside down when the sharpest critics draw the lines in this visual essay, solely consisting of clips from Verhoeven’s life’s work. With its mix of extreme cynicism and vulgar excess (cc: Donald Trump), maybe the world is finally ready for ‘Showgirls’.

Cult films belong on the big screen! In March we will be treating you with a double screening of both ‘You Don’t Nomi’ and of course Paul Verhoeven’s “masterpiece of shit” ‘Showgirls’ – on 35 mm. Between the two screenings, Felix Thorsen Katzenelson from Danish newspaper Politiken and a variety of enthusiastic Showgirls geeks will further build up the expectation about why ‘Showgirls’ is such an iconic movie. We will present a very special drink-a-long game, serve Vegas style drinks and launch a manicure salon in Asta Bar before the screening. So come get your glam on and prepare for a movie incredibly fascinated by – yes – nails.

This is Not a Movie

Aveny-T, March 20, 16:45
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Through the streets of war-torn Syria and along the West Bank barrier, this film follows the controversial and legendary war reporter Robert Fisk. With a notebook in his hand and carrying a satchel, we are introduced to a man who has been reporting from hotspots around the world for more than 40 years.

Through the streets of war-torn Syria and along the West Bank barrier, this film follows the controversial and legendary war reporter Robert Fisk. With a notebook in his hand and carrying a satchel, we are introduced to a man who has been reporting from hotspots around the world for more than 40 years. In a calm and succinct manner, Fisk tells the stories of the victims and scrutinizes the epicenter of power. Through archival clips, interviews and shots from his work in the field, a complex character appears before us, a man both praised and criticized, who shows us the uglier sides of the world, and who – as the title suggests – tirelessly insists that what we see is indeed not a movie.

We are pleased to invite you to join us for an exclusive conversation between a wide range of Denmark’s most important foreign correspondents. We will be in good company when Ulla Terkelsen, Rasmus Tantholdt, Simi Jan and Jan Grarup open up about their lived experiences from war zones and hotspots around the globe. With the film as a starting point, journalist Andreas Fugl Thøgersen will kickstart the conversation and guide us through a talk about how fake news affects the work of foreign correspondents, how legendary war reporters such as Robert Fisk has influenced the field, and what role the foreign correspondent holds anno 2019.

NB: the conversation will be in danish.

Martin Margiela: In His Own Words

Kunsthal Charlottenborg, March 21, 16:45
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When Martin Margiela has his breakthrough in the 1990s, he was so far ahead of everyone, that the fashion world is still catching up. The elusive fashion designer, who thought like an artist and who with a simple and genius touch could turn the fashion world upside down…

When Martin Margiela has his breakthrough in the 1990s, he was so far ahead of everyone, that the fashion world is still catching up. The elusive fashion designer, who thought like an artist and who with a simple and genius touch could turn the fashion world upside down, and who early on decided to be anonymous. It’s what myths are made of. But instead of cultivating the myth, we’re invited into Margiela’s studio – and his head – with him as our (audio) guide! A deeply inspiring movie about the Banksy of fashion, about thinking radically and creatively and about breaking the invisible rules of tradition.

Martin Margiela is a mystery to many. We’ll learn much more about when we, together with Copenhagen Fashion Week and Normann Copenhagen host a talk with invited experts to uncover and discuss the iconic designer himself. Meet Else Skjold (associate professor, KADK), Ane Lynge-Jorlén (director, Designer’s Nest) and the movie’s director, Reiner Holzemer for a conversation about Margiela’s groundbreaking designs and long-lasting influence on the world of fashion. The talk will be held at the beautiful Social Cinema at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

The conversation will be in English.

Lovemobil

Empire Bio, March 21, 15:00
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Along the German highway between Hannover and Wolfsburg a dark-haired woman is sitting in the front seat of a camper, with red lights as the only thing illuminating her. ‘Lovemobil’ is an intimate portrait of Rita and Milena, and their lives as sexworkers.

Along the German highway between Hannover and Wolfsburg a dark-haired woman is sitting in the front seat of a camper, with red lights as the only thing illuminating her. ‘Lovemobil’ is an intimate portrait of Nigerian Rita and Bulgarian Milena, and their lives as sexworkers. The endless hours spent in the caravan, and the loneliness and longing for their families, is only interrupted by conversations with their landlord Uschi – an elderly woman who rents out the campers, that their customers are invited into. But when a colleague is killed by a customer, this highway microcosm is shaken, and both Rita and Milena explore the possibility of living a different and better life.

In Denmark prostitution is not legalized as it is in Germany. Since 1999 it has been decriminalized, making it legal to buy and sell sex, but prostitution as a profession not recognized. But what does this mean for the life and rights of sexworkers in Denmark? To answer this question we have invited experts within the field. Meet Associate Professor at Aalborg University Marlene Spanger, sex worker Sofie Brandvarm, member of parliament for the Conservative Party Brigitte Klintskov Jerkel and a spokesperson for SIO (the Danish Sex Workers’ Interest Organization). After the film and debate, come have a look inside Sexelancen – a rebuild van, that is now used to secure better conditions for sex workers.The volunteers will be there to answer questions.

Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power

Den Sorte Diamant, March 25, 19:00
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With the rise of authoritarian politicians and anti-abortion movements and the threat of climate change lurking in the background, Margaret Atwood’s books have never seemed more relevant. With the tv adaptation of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Atwood’s name has been cemented world wide.

With the rise of authoritarian politicians, anti-abortion movements gaining ground and the threat of climate change lurking in the background, Margaret Atwood’s books have never seemed more relevant. With the television adaptation of the dystopian ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Atwood’s name has been cemented world wide. In this film, we follow the indomitable 80-year-old Atwood around the world, during her press tour for ‘The Testaments’, the long-awaited sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale. The film gives us a heartfelt insight into a life centered on Atwood’s passion for literature, politics, and nature. Through archive clips and interviews, we get a glimpse of a woman who throughout her life has said what she meant – and put action behind her words.

Margaret Atwood is one of the world’s greatest writers, and with her dystopian depictions of the future, descriptions of strong women and her activist work, she seems more relevant than ever. CPH:DOX and The Royal Library invites you to experience the new Atwood documentary in the Queen’s Hall, in the company of the film’s two directors Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont as well as critic and writer Bo Green Jensen.

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Big Bio Nordhavn, March 26, 18:30
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In ‘Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound’, Hollywood’s greatest directors – from Spielberg and Lucas to Coppola and Lynch – gather to pay tribute to the sound designers who are responsible for the fact, that you will never forget the sound of a lightsaber, the roar of a T-Rex…

In ‘Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound’, Hollywood’s greatest directors – from Spielberg and Lucas to Coppola and Lynch – gather to pay tribute to the sound designers who are responsible for the fact, that you will never forget the sound of a lightsaber, the roar of a T-Rex or the sound of a helicopter flying low over the jungle of Vietnam. Through film clips, interviews, and archival footage, we get an unprecedented – and unheard of – insight into the work behind the unforgettable sound designs, while getting close to living legends such as Walter Murch (‘Apocalypse Now’), Ben Burtt (‘Star Wars’) and Gary Rydstrom (‘Jurassic Park’).

It’s all about sound. We have invited one of Denmark’s most talented sound designer Peter Albrechtsen, Oscar-nominated director Feras Fayyad and Finnish foley artist Heikki Kossi, together they will unfold the importance of sound design in film.

The Kingmaker

Empire Bio, March 28, 15:00
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“Perception is real. The truth is not.” So says Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, who first became famous for her beauty and extensive shoe collection, and later for her family’s loss of power and escape from the country – with her diamonds hidden away safely in the children’s nappies. Now she’s back…

“Perception is real. The truth is not.” So says Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, who first became famous for her beauty and extensive shoe collection, and later for her family’s loss of power and escape from the country – with her diamonds hidden away safely in the children’s nappies. Now she’s back and set on getting her son, Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’, elected as the controversial President Rodrigo Duterte’s Vice President. The award-winning documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has gained exclusive access to Marcos, who openly retells (her version of) the story of the first lady, who wanted to be the entire people’s mother.

Is there a direct connection between the Marcos-regime and the current controversial president Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines? And is Duterte’s war on drugs and conflicts with the UN a direct result of the current ‘post-truth’-climate and ‘strong-man’-ideals? After the screening of ‘The Kingmaker’, we will zoom in on the political situation in the Philippines in the company of expert Laila Matar (Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch). Learn more about the current situation and the country’s history, from its independence in 1946 to the Marcos-regime and Duterte today. NB: the talk will be in English.

Winter Journey

Grand Teatret, March 22, 16:40
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The award-winning documentary-filmmaker Anders Østergaard has returned with ‘Winter Journey’ – the story of a family, told by the radio host Martin Goldsmith whose parents were classical musicians in the Kulturbund, until they fled to the United States. ‘Winter Journey’ is a portrait of a poignant but unknown part of Nazi-Germany’s history, that connects to a present still affected by trauma and taboos.

After the premiere of ‘Winter Journey’, you’ll be able to meet the film’s director, Anders Østergaard (‘Gasolin’, ‘Tintin et Moi’, ‘Burma VJ’) in conversation with senior researcher at DIIS, Cecilie Felicia Stokholm Banke, whose research is focused on antisemitism, the Holocaust and collective memory in Europe. The conversation will be moderated by essay-editor at Politiken, Marcus Rubin. You can also meet Anders Østergaard the same day during the festival Historiske Dage, where he’ll be discussing ‘Winter Journey’ and showing clips from the film. Read more at historiskedage.dk

Under Hitler’s watchful eye, Jewish artists in Germany were allowed to continue their work by agreeing to join Goebbels’ Jüdischer Kulturbund: a group of Jewish musicians and theatre-folk, who were exclusively allowed to perform for Jewish audiences.

Bitter Love

Kunsthal Charlottenborg, March 26, 17:30
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What follows the one and only? And is it possible to find love again, when you’ve left your first love behind you? Like the majority of the passengers aboard the ship in ‘Bitter Love’, more elderly people are now searching for their second great love, because why spend the rest of your life alone if you can share it with someone instead

After the showing of ‘Bitter Love’, we’ll follow-up with a conversation about finding love later in life. Meet the married couple Astrid Høgh and Torben Jensen (known from the DR-documentary ‘7-9-13) and anthropologist Bjarke Oxlund (Ældre Sagen), whose research focuses on how the elderly continue to become more and active.

Everyone on board is missing something in their life: happiness, love, company – and the lucky ones find what they’re searching for onboard. We are on a Russian cruise ship, – a floating microcosm of cheap luxury, where a wide and varied array of people collectively float down the Volga River. Most of them have their best years behind them and know it. But even the youngest passengers have a hard time with love and relationships. There’s even a psychic onboard – a real tough cookie, who never holds back when her fellow passengers visit her to hear what the future holds. Life is long and happiness is unpredictable, but the tragi-comic tone of the film is amusing and heartwarming, and without spoiling too much – there is a happy ending in sight before the end of the trip. The Polish Jerzy Sladkowski has with ‘Bitter Love’ created a fun, charming and knowledgeable film, that’ll certainly win over more than a few hearts.