An investigative documentary by Mads Brügger

In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, Brügger and his sidekick, Swedish Göran Björkdahl, begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything they’d initially imagined.

In his signature agitprop style, Brügger becomes both filmmaker and subject, challenging the very nature of truth by “performing” the role of truth seeker. As Brügger 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.

A conspiracy-fueled murder mystery with some hilarious meta-commentary. - The Hollywood Reporter

One of the most honestly disturbing and provocative nonfiction films in years. - Variety

An arresting, troubling work. - Screen Daily

About the director

Mads Brügger is a Danish journalist, television host, author and filmmaker. He has written several books, worked for magazines and newspapers, produced award-winning radio programs, and hosted the critically acclaimed late-night television show The 11th Hour, as well as the daily news program Deadline. Brügger also created the satirical docuseries Danes for Bush and the feature documentaries The Red Chapel (World Cinema Documentary Jury Prize, 2010 Sundance Film Festival) and The Ambassador (2012 Sundance Film Festival).


“A journalist should not wish for his journalism to be flawed, but due to the horror of what I discovered, while working on this film, I have secretly been hoping that it all would turn out to be a misunderstanding. Unfortunately, that is not the case.” - Mads Brügger


Directed by Mads Brügger

Writer - Mads Brügger

Editor - Nicolás Nørgaard Staffolani

Dop - Tore Vollan

Music - Kaada

Sound design - Senjan Jansen

Awards & festivals

Sundance Film Festival 2019 (US) - World Cinema Documentary Directing Award

...and many more

Production details

Duration: 126'

Co-produced with WingMan Media (DK), Piranya Films (N), Laika Films (S) and RTBF

In association with VRT

With the support of Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Eurimages, Norsk filminstitutt, Svenska Filminstitutet, Fritt Ord, Filmkraft Rogaland, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Hinterland, the Tax Shelter System of the Belgian Federal Government

Language: English, French, Bemba, Swedish, Danish

Subtitles: English, Dutch, French