“Welcome to Sodom,” “The Raft” to compete at CPH:DOX

Christian Krönes and Florian Weigensamer’s Welcome to Sodom and Marcus Lindeen’s The Raft  are among the documentaries featured in this year’s main competition at CPH:DOX. The competition program at the Copenhagen-based ...
February 16, 2018

Christian Krönes and Florian Weigensamer’s Welcome to Sodom and Marcus Lindeen’s The Raft  are among the documentaries featured in this year’s main competition at CPH:DOX.

The competition program at the Copenhagen-based documentary film festival runs March 15 to 25 with its center at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

There are 12 films nominated for the DOX:AWARD — the Danish film festival’s main competition. They consist of eight world premieres and four international premieres. The films include Krönes and Weigensamer’s Welcome to Sodom (pictured), which looks at a landfill in Ghana where electronic waste from the West is being recycled; and Lindeen’s The Raft, told by those who took part in a social experiment where, for three months, they lived without privacy on a raft. In Robert Greene’s Bisbee ’17, a town in America confronts its dark past in a meta-Western and roleplay, while Emma Davie and Peter Mettler take audiences into Wyoming’s vast and wild natural vistas in Becoming Animal.

Investigation documentary award F:ACT will see 10 films vying for top honors, including four world premieres, five international premieres and one European premiere. Canada’s Elissa Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei will bow their film Laila At The Bridge, which follows the most “badass” woman in Kabul as she takes on the Afghan heroin mafia. Farzad Khoshdast spends time with four women behind bars in Iran in A Woman Without a Name. Other films nominated in the category include Maxim Pozdorovkin’s Our New President, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and Jed Rothstein’s The China Hustle which had its world premiere at TIFF 2017.

The nominated films in the NORDIC:DOX category feature a selection of films from the Nordic countries. The 10 films nominated include Lasse Lau’s Lykkelænder; Max Kestner’s Bad Circumstances; and Cille Hannibal’s The Night We Fell.

The nominated 12 films for the NEW:VISION award include Marwa Arsanios’s Who is Afraid of Ideology?; Basir Mahmood’s All Voices are Mine; Tinne Zenner’s Translations and Pia Rönicke’s Word for Forest.

Now in its sophomore year is the NEXT:WAVE competition, which is dedicated to emerging filmmakers. The 12 films include Francisco Rodrigue’s A Moon Made of Iron; Frederik Sølberg’s Doel; and Little Pyongyang from Roxy Rezvany.

The winners will be announced at CPH:DOX’s Award Ceremony on March 23 at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

All nominees in competition at the 15th annual Copenhagen International Documentary Festival are listed below:


Last Year in Utopia (WP)
Katharina Knust, Jana Magdalena Keuchel, Germany

Becoming Animal (WP)
Emma Davie & Peter Mettler, Switzerland & UK

América (IP)
Erick Stoll & Chase Whiteside, USA

Lost Warrior (WP)
Nasib Farah & Søren Steen Jespersen, DK, Somalia, Kenya, UK

Central Airport (IP)
Karim Aïnouz, Germany, France, Brazil

Welcome to Sodom (WP)
Christian Krönes & Florian Weigensamer, Austria

Hale County This Morning, This Evening (IP)
RaMell Ross, U.S.

The Raft (WP)
Marcus Lindeen, Sweden, DK, U.S., Germany

Extinction (WP)
Salomé Lamas, Stanislav Danylyshyn, Portugal

The Great Game (WP)
Andreas Dalsgaard, DK

Bisbee ’17 (IP)
Robert Greene, U.S.

Giants and the Morning After (WP)
Alexander Rynéus, Malla Grapengiesser & Per Bifrost, Sweden, Finland



False Confessions (WP – opening film in F:ACT Award)
Katrine Philp, Denmark, Germany

The China Hustle (EP)
Jed Rothstein, United States

Weapon of Choice (IP)
Fritz Ofner, Eva Hausberger, Austria

Alt-Right (IP)
Adam Bhala Lough, U.S.

Exit (WP)
Karen Winther, Norway

Our New President (IP)
Maxim Pozdorovkin, United States, Russia

Laila at the Bridge (WP)
Elissa Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei, Canada

A Woman Without a Name (WP)
Farzad Khoshdast, Iran

A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot (IP)
Sinéad O’Shea, Ireland, United Kingdom

Derek Doneen, United States



Lykkelænder (WP)
Lasse Lau, Denmark, Greenland

The Punk Voyage
Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi, International Premiere (Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden)

Bad circumstances
Max Kestner (WP)

The night we fell
Cille Hannibal (WP)

One Table Two Elephants
Henrik Ernstson, Jacob von Heland, Henrik Ernstson, World Premiere (Sweden, South Africa)

The Night
Steffan Strandberg, International Premiere (Norway)

A Good Week for Democracy
Cecilia Björk, International Premiere (Sweden)

Waiting for Barcelona
Juho-Pekka Tanskanen, World Premiere (Finland)

Eastern Memories
Niklas Kullström, Martti Kaartinen, International Premiere (Finland)

Maj Doris
Jon Blåhed, International Premiere (Sweden)



A Moon Made of Iron
Francisco Rodriguez, Word Premiere (Chile, France)

Frederik Sølvberg, World Premiere (Denmark, Belgien)

Entrance to the End
Maria von Hausswolff, Anne Gry Friis Kristensen, World Premiere (Denmark, Sweden)

Frederick Paxton, World Premiere (United Kingdom)

Independent Boy
Vincent Boy Kars, International Premiere (Netherlands)

Minding the Gap
Bing Liu, International Premiere (United States)

Lisa Truttmann, International Premiere (Austria, United States)

Iris Zaki, World Premiere (United Kingdom, Israel)

Conventional Sins
Anat Zuria, Shira-Clara Winther, International Premiere (Israel)

What Remains
Humberto Giancristorafo, World Premiere (Brazil)

Beautiful Things
Giorgio Ferrero, (IP)

Little Pyongyang
Roxy Rezvany, UK, (WP)



Possessed (IP)
Rob Schröder, Vinca Kruk, Daniel van der Velden

Wild Relatives
Jumana Manna, Lebanon, Germany

Black Mother
Khalik Allah, Jamaica, United States

The End of Fear (IP)
Barbara Visser, Netherlands

Saturday (WP)
Camille Henrot, France

Slow Graffiti (WP)
Alex Da Corte, United States

Who Is Afraid of Ideology?  (WP)
Marwa Arsanios, Lebanon

Translations (WP)
Tinne Zenner, Greenland, Canada, Denmark

All Voices are Mine (WP)
Basir Mahmood, Pakistan

Word for Forest (WP)
Pia Rönicke, Denmark, Mexico

Cops are Actors
Tova Mozard, Sweden

The Disappeared (IP)
Gilad Baram & Adam Kaplan, Germany, Israel



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