On the 5th day of the festival you’ll be able to experience world premieres of films about racism’s and slavery’s history in USA, witness a debate on Universal Minimal Income with among others Uffe Elbæk, participate in an interactive film showing where the public themselves choose the direction the film shall take, and much, much more!
Here is the day’s guide to a selection of the great experiences at CPH:DOX, that you just can’t miss. All the day’s events can be found in the calendar here.
The Workers Cup
In Qatar, millions of guest workers from countries such as India, Kenya, Nepal and Ghana are working on the construction of the stadiums that will be the venues for the football World Cup in 2022. Living under miserable conditions and off a salary that hardly secures their survival, they toil night and day to prepare for a party they won’t be invited to. A marketing department at FIFA has the idea to organise a football championship for the workers themselves. But before long, the workers have taken charge of this dubious initiative, and kick themselves enthusiastically into action. Meet the director for an introduction and a following Q&A.
Nordisk Film Dagmar, 17:00, Tickets.
Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas
Why does a famine-ravished country such as Ethiopia export tons of food to the West, when it can hardly feed its own population? And why does the World Bank spend billions of dollars on sustainable development aid, when millions of farmers are at the same time being deprived of the right to use their land? Hoping to achieve high export earnings and secure future prosperity, the Ethiopian government has decided to lease millions of hectares of land to foreign investors. Land that formerly belonged to the locals and local farmers, who now lose everything without any prospect of getting a share of the money the government earns. The harsh and unequal struggle for the green gold of the future the planet’s farming lands is fought between speculators and farmers on two different continents. After the screening the problematics and theme will be debated by Nanna Clifforth from the environmental organisation NOAH, among others.
Cinemateket 16.45, Tickets
Return Of A President
In 2009, Madagascar’s president Marc Ravalomanana was deposed from power in a coup led by the major Rajoel, which sent the population into abject poverty. From his exile in South Africa, Ravalomanana is now determined to regain power by peaceful means. But the road back to his native country and to democracy is a minefield of political intrigue and international economic interests. A hard path, which the Danish filmmaker Lotte Mik-Meyer has documented over the course of five years, with unique access to the diplomatic power play and to Ravalomanana himself.
Nordisk Film Palads, 16:30, Tickets.
Free Lunch Society
Would you work if you were paid for simply existing? The guaranteed basic income is back as an alternative to the principle of rights and duties, and to a bureaucratic economic system. At least it’s back in the public debate, and the idea that everyone over the age of 21 should have a fixed monthly allowance, regardless of whether they are working or not, really divides opinions. Meet the director Christian Tod in a debate with Uffe Elbæk, Steen Jakobsen (chief economist in Saxo Bank) and Dorte Kolling (from movement of unconditional basic income, BIEN).
Bremen Teater, 18:30, Tickets.
Purge This Land
The history of racism and slavery in modern America is retold in a gifted and highly topical film, which spans from the 1850s to present-day USA, where the traces of the past are still present in landscapes and cityscapes, on gable paintings and in forgotten letters. And in the systemic violence that black Americans are still subjected to. John Brown – a white, militant activist and a fierce opponent of slavery – was sentenced to death in 1859 for a failed attempt to start an armed revolution. His story is a prism, through which the contemporary artist Lee Anne Schmitt’s beautiful and thought-provoking film takes a clear and sober look at the dark side of American history. You can meet the director at this world premiere of the film.
Cinemateket, 21:45, Tickets
The young Finnish performance artist Samira Elagoz posts an open casting call on Craigslist, a parallel digital universe, where everyone can live out their own idea of themselves. Every encounter is a social experiment, which Samira documents (and stages) on her own terms. A magician, a lonely plumber and a soft-core porn director are some of the characters that Samira meets on her journey from Amsterdam to Tokyo. And which are immortalised in chapters that alternate from observant social realism to a (very) direct interaction between Samira and her new friends, and from a minimalist concept to a maximalist sensory bombardment of neon lights and banging electronica. At this screening you can meet the director Samira Elagoz.
Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 19:30, Tickets
1996 Lucy and the Corpses in the Pool
Young Lucy is tired of her job. Her boss is an idiot. She joins a friend for a music festival in someone or other’s house. Lucy has found most of her furniture on the street. And this could be the world’s best home movie found at a flea market. But the duo Marcos Migliavacca and Nahuel Lahora know what they are doing, and they have created a titillating film that plays its games according to its own rules. The fact that it is recorded on analogue Hi-8 video places Lucy’s adventure in a strange time warp, where the sight of a flock of swans that waddle through a garden could have been a happy snapshot from a time before the internet and mobile phones.
Cinemateket, 19:00, Tickets
Stranger In Paradise
Guido Hendrikx’s debut feature consistently but lucidly acts out his three scenarios as three variations of a political dilemma, which is in the process of splitting Europe apart. But also as three variations of how Europe quite specifically handles the many asylum-seeking migrants and refugees. A thoroughly (thought)provoking film that is guaranteed to cause much debate, and a new perspective on one of our times’ greatest crises. After the screening at restaurant Brus you can hear the poet Osama Alkanja read his poems aloud about life as a refugee and the encounter with the danish system. Arranged in collaboration with DFUNK.
Empire Bio, 17:30, Tickets
The Maribor Uprisings
Experience democracy in action, in an interactive live film, where you help determine the course of a demonstration in Maribor! As an audience member you are placed in the middle of protests in the Slovenian city of Maribor, and follow the film’s directors who guide you around the demonstration with the cameras. Here, you and the rest of the audience have several choices along the way: do you want to follow the peaceful group down to Liberty Square or the angry and aggressive mob on the way to the city hall? ‘Maribor Uprisings’ is a unique opportunity to stand in the shoes of demonstrators at a safe, virtual distance and follow them all the way into the hard-boiled core of the demonstration. The film is shown only once during CPH:DOX. Meet director Maple Razsa at this interactive screening.
Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 21:30, Tickets
It is tough, dirty and life-threatening to drive an ambulance in conflict-ridden Gaza. With the young filmmaker Mohamed Jabaly on the passenger seat, we join one of them during the Israeli bombings in the summer of 2014. After having seen his neighbouring family’s house being levelled to the ground by yet another bomb, Jabaly decides to join an ambulance every night and cover what ends up as being a 51 day long conflict with explosions and ceaseless gunfire. A tense friendship develops between him and the otherwise stoic driver, who can’t even tell his family he’s driving an ambulance and soon Jabaly himself is part of the team.
Nordisk Film Palads, 19:00, Tickets
The Strangest Stranger
In Haruki Murakami’s novel ‘Kafka on the Beach’, a mysterious man appears, who calls himself Johnnie Walker. Is he modelled on Joni Waka, a Jewish man living in Tokyo, or is it the other way round? The charismatic and talkative Waka is a true chameleon. A self-proclaimed outsider, a mythomaniac, a homosexual and the natural centre of every party. And he comes from an age-old Jewish lineage as he himself claims. The Swedish artist Magnus Bärtås met Waka 20 years ago, and has since been fascinated by how this professional oddball has cultivated his entire life story as fiction. You can meet the director at this world premiere of the film.
Nordisk Film Dagmar, 19:15, Tickets
Believe it or not, but they also have parties in North Korea. And any party needs music. But when you are the world’s leading dictatorship and would like to invite a Western band to play in the country for the first time, how do you do this without losing face? You invite Laibach! The Slovenian avantgarde industrial band, which with its hard-hitting march songs and completely totalitarian aesthetics has provoked both right and left. A perfect choice to celebrate the regime’s national holiday apart from the fact that Laibach’s totalitarian style is also bold satire. Meet director Morten Traavik at the screening for a Q&A.
Grand Teatret, 21:30, Tickets
Let There Be Light
Can we create an artificial sun on Earth? The race to find fossil-free energy sources has never been more intense, and in France engineers, physicists and other specialists from 37 countries are working at a gigantic research station, which they hope can become a model for future power plants. The international fusion reactor ITER is the most comprehensive attempt to date to exploit our knowledge of plasma physics to create fusion energy. But can it succeed?
Nordisk Film Dagmar, 21:30, Tickets