Arts & Culture

Six Documentaries to See at CPH:DOX 2019

Documentary-lovers, your time has come! CPH:DOX, Scandinavia’s largest documentary festival, is back from 20 – 31 March and their line up is fantastic. In addition to highly acclaimed films and directors, they have a host of emerging directors on the docket. There are also parties, talks, and other events to attend.

These are the CPH:DOX documentaries we recommend this year:

The Reformist

In 2015, Sherin Khankan opened Mariam Mosque, the first female-led mosque in Denmark. This documentary follows her journey from founding to the present day, including the obstacles of parts of the Muslim community that are more conservative and growing Islamophobia in Denmark. This is an important film that is both inspiring and frustrating.


 

→Empire Bio

Guldbergsgade 29F
2200 København N

Thursday, 21st March
5:30 pm

→Bremen Teater

Nyropsgade 39-41
1602 København

Saturday, 23rd March
12:00 pm

→Cinemateket

Gothersgade 55
1123 København K

Wednesday, 27th March
2:30 pm

→Grand Teater

Mikkel Bryggers Gade 8
1460 København K

Friday, 29th March
5:00 pm

→Valby Kino

Gammel Jernbanevej 40
2500 Valby

Sunday, 31st March
4:30 pm

 
 

A Stranger

Swedish director Mikkel Cee Karlsson was already in the process of making a film about his deceased friend when a puzzle began to emerge, starting with a bank robbery. This documentary plays out as part true crime, part psychological study, and part experimental film. Mikkel’s friend held a dark secret until the day he died, and the viewer doesn’t learn it until the very end, just like Mikkel himself.


 

→ Empire Bio

Guldbergsgade 29F
2200 København N

Tuesday, 26th March
7:30 pm

→ Dagmar Teater

Jernbanegade 2
1612 København V

Thursdsay, 28th March
5:00 pm

→ Empire Bio

Guldbergsgade 29F
2200 København N

Saturday, 30th March
12:00 pm

 
 

Mating

A film about relationships in the 21st century, “Mating” focuses on a relationship that mostly takes place online – through text message, Skype, and social media. The young couple talk about sex, support each other, and go through various dramatic episodes. It’s a weird but lovely look at how the internet has changed the way we’re able to interact, even in love.

→Empire Bio

Guldbergsgade 29F
2200 København N

Saturday, 23rd March
5:00 pm

→Dagmar Teater

Jernbanegade 2
1612 København V

Tuesday, 26th March
2:15 pm

→Palads Teater

Axeltorv 9
1609 København V

Friday, 29th March
9:00 pm

 
 

The Rest

A parallel work to Ai Wei Wei’s 2017 piece “Human Flow,” this documentary takes a direct approach to the way refugees entering Europe have been treated. We hear their stories from their own mouths, and the human connection is impossible to ignore. These are harrowing and hopeful stories that showcase the way this crisis has affected people.

→Imperial Biograf

Ved Vesterport 4
1612 København V

Friday, 22nd March
6:30 pm

→Cinemateket

Gothersgade 55
1123 København K

Tuesday, 26th March
2:30 pm

→Palads Teater

Axeltorv 9
1609 København V

Thursday, 28th March
9:00 pm

→Empire Bio

Guldbergsgade 29F
2200 København N

Saturday, 30th March
12:30 pm

 
 

A Taste of Sky

In 2012, Danish celebrity chef and noma co-founder Claus Meyer, known as the “godfather of New Nordic cuisine,” launched a culinary school and training program in Bolivia as part of the restaurant Gustu. The documentary follows two chef trainees as they experience the highs and lows of their education. We’re also given an look at both Meyer’s personal journey with Gustu. This film is really about the joy of food and what it can bring.


 

→Grand Teater

Mikkel Bryggers Gade 8
1460 København K

Friday, 22nd March
7:00 pm

→Cinemateket

Gothersgade 55
1123 København K

Thursday, 28th March
5:15 pm

→Cinemateket

Gothersgade 55
1123 København K

Friday, 29th March
5:15 pm

 
 

Girl in Return

Amy was adopted to Denmark from Ethiopia when she was 9 years old, and at 13 she decides that she wants to go back. She doesn’t only miss her family – she misses her culture and her language. This film explores the violence on cultural identity of international adoption. It follows Amy through a four year struggle, from ages 13 – 18, as she navigates both the culture and legal implications of her adoption.

→ Empire Bio

Guldbergsgade 29F
2200 København N

Thursday, 21st March
4:30 pm

→Palads Teater

Axeltorv 9
1609 København V

Tuesday, 26th March
4:30 pm

→Palads Teater

Axeltorv 9
1609 København V

Sunday, 31st March
9:00 pm

See the full CPH:DOX program for 2019.

Need more to do this month in Copenhagen? Check out our calendar of events!

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