Cold Case Hammarskjöld /
Cold Case Hammarskjöld
2019, 128 MIN, When Mads Brügger set out to investigate the plane crash that had UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld in 1961, he had a tape recorder, a metal detector, a shovel, and a wide-brimmed hat. He never imagined that asking questions and poking around would lead not only to evidence that Hammarskjöld had indeed been murdered for his support of Congo’s independence, but also to a secret, racist, dangerous organization that had been operating in Africa for years, supported by Western superpowers. Brügger himself admits, mid-investigation, that his discoveries “will either shock the world or turn out to be a baseless conspiracy”. Either way, he uses them to create a provocative, chilling, often theatrical film. Sharp and witty, his criticism is aimed at Europe’s treatment of Africa and at the biases and intrigues that put not just his—but every investigation—under suspicion.