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Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere$
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Anna Westerstahl Stenport and Arne Lunde

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474438056

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438056.001.0001

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The Globalization of the Danish Documentary: Creative Collaboration and Modes of Global Documentaries

The Globalization of the Danish Documentary: Creative Collaboration and Modes of Global Documentaries

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(p.261) 20. The Globalization of the Danish Documentary: Creative Collaboration and Modes of Global Documentaries
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Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere
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Ib Bondebjerg

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474438056.003.0020

This chapter examines Nordic documentary directors who have followed a cosmopolitan and global trend in filmmaking, both in their strategies of co-production and in the engagement with global realities abroad and at home. One of the most prolific is the American-British-Danish Joshua Oppenheimer whose two films The Act of Killing (2007) and The Look of Silence (2014) has had an incredibly strong international impact. Thematically and aesthetically they have challenged existing forms and manage to raise the global awareness of the almost forgotten Indonesian Holocaust. But also as a production case the films are very interesting. Oppenheimer’s primary production company is the internationally very prolific Final Cut For Real, but this company is co-producing with both Scandinavian, British and US companies, and the funding comes from an impressive list of PSB TV stations in Scandinavia, Europe, from Film Institutes and from various transnational and European funding bodies and NGOs. This chapter, based on interviews with Oppenheimer and his key production partners and articles, analyses his films as transnational co-productions.

Keywords:   Danish, Documentary, Globalization, Oppenheimer, Collaboration, Nordic

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