Good Pitch Europe heads to Stockholm on 24th May 2016 to connect the world’s best social justice films with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policy makers, brands and media to consider how they can help maximise the social impact of the selected projects.
Since 2008, Good Pitch has helped 369 filmmakers to raise over €21 million in funding for the production of films and impact campaigns, and attracted more than 2900 organisations to consider how they could partner with those projects. This year’s film projects include the following from Nordic countries:
Cold Case Hammarskjöld
Dir. Mads Brügger (Denmark)
In 1961, Secretary General of the UN, Dag Hammarskjöld, died in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia.
He was en route to ceasefire negotiations between non-combatant UN forces and troops from the
breakaway state of Katanga. Hammarskjöld was both popular and controversial, believing he could make peace in Africa by giving the continent back to the Africans. The circumstances of the plane crash were always unclear but now the UN are reopening the case on the suspicion of assassination. The question is, who wanted Hammarskjöld dead and can the truth be revealed today?
Dir. Nasib Farah & Sören Steen Jespersen (Denmark)
In Mogadishu hundreds of deserted Al-Shabaab warriors are drifting in a limbo; unable to return to their Western countries and are now in hiding from Al-Shabaab. The film follows a young British Somali trying to make it back home while his family – including his young wife and child – try to untangle a legal and moral quagmire.
Dir. Jukka Kärkkäinen & J-P Passi (Finland)
PKN, a band of four men with developmental disabilities, is Europe’s no. 1 punk rock act. The guys have spent years on the road, including a legendary performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. However, PKN’s leader is turning 60 and wants to retire, which causes calamity within the band. Post-Punk Disorder follows the last years of this extraordinary group in a riotous challenge to all our assumptions around disability.
See the Kids
Dir. Åsa Ekman (Sweden)
See the Kids is an ambitious advocacy project aiming to raise awareness about children exposed to
domestic violence. The project has evolved from the award-winning documentaries – My life my lesson
and Say Something – two films adding perspective and depth to one and other, while forming the core of an extensive public discussion on the need of support and treatment, and legislative changes.