In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold's plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjold and most of the crew. It's understood that because Hammarskjold 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. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brugger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. He, his Swedish private-investigator sidekick, and a host of co-conspirators 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, Brugger becomes both filmmaker and subject, challenging the very nature of truth by 'performing' the role of truth seeker. As Brugger 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.
- Aug 16, 2019