Change Makers: important topics, varying quality

Like last year, the 18th edition of the Danish documentary film festival CPH:DOX had to be moved online. However, the organisers of this year’s event opted for a hybrid format – more than 170 films were available to watch on a special streaming platform (, but beginning 6 May, a handful of selected works were also screened directly in Copenhagen cinemas. The main theme of this year’s event was Reset!, and the festival primarily focused on films which observe the social, cultural, and political changes that are currently shaping the world around us. One of the non-competition sections, which fit precisely within this year’s theme, was «Change Makers», an ambitious group of highly critical works which aim to provoke a wave of very necessary discussions in society. The programme block consisted of ten films, which, given the diversity of their themes, can be further divided into three distinct groups – the largest group is made up of films focusing on socio-political criticism, then there are two environmental films, and the final two study the traumatic effects of sexual abuse.

The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel , a film by Jennifer Abbottové, Joel Bakan
The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel , a film by Jennifer Abbottové, Joel Bakan

Political criticism and the fight for justice

One particularly ambitious film is The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel by directors Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan, which, as the title suggests, follows up on their 2003 film The Corporation (dir. Jennifer Abbott, . . .

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