Life is Sacred / 2013

Produced by Final Cut for Real
Directed by Andreas Dalsgaard
Co-Directed by Nicolás N. Staffolani & Viviana Gómez

Violence is a fact of everyday life in Colombia, where the drug cartels have kept the country in an armed conflict for decades, and where almost all families have lost a loved one. But the unorthodox presidential candidate Antanas Mockus does all he can to reverse the vicious circle with an imaginative and positive election campaign.

And he brings experience with him. As mayor of Bogotá, and dressed in a Superman costume and with an indomitable trust in the good of his fellow citizens, he overcame both towering crime rates, unruly students and people's bad traffic habits. But his idealism is both his strength and his weakness in a corrupt political system, where his opponent plays a dirty game, and where the people have lost faith in being able to make a difference. Mockus is helped by the 22-year-old activist Katherine, who herself has lost her father in the bitter conflict.

Now this has to end. Andreas Dalsgaard, who previously portrayed Mockus in the film 'Bogotá Change', has followed Mockus's socially innovative campaign to reverse the negative trend. But can good ideas and an idealistic drive alone change an entire political culture, where violence is an institutionalised part of everyday life? An inspiring man, and an inspiring story, whose points are relevant far beyond Colombia's borders.

Esta es una historia de un político valiente y sus devotos seguidores, un ejército de jóvenes con la esperanza de un cambio en medio de la corrupción y la violencia. Para llegar a la gente utilizan mimos, lápices, flashmobs y trajes de superhéroes. Una joven se enamora del movimiento y le dedica todos sus esfuerzos. Pero cambiar una sociedad penetrada por la ilegalidad, resulta ser mucho más difícil de lo que esperaba.



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Andreas Dalsgaard

Nicolas Servide Staffolani
Viviana Gómez Echeverry

Signe Byrge Sørensen
Anne Köhncke

Danny Glover
Joslyn Barnes
Waël Kabbani
Rory Gilmartin

Anita Rehoff Larsen & Tone Grøttjord
John Keville & Conor Barry
Andreas Dalsgaard & Sune Lolk

Anders Vadgaard Christensen
Tour de Force

Janus Billeskov Jansen
Helge Billing, NFK
Søren Ebbe
Nicolas Servide Staffolani
Estephan Wagner

Kristian Eidnes Andersen

Ross McDonnell
Viviana Gómez Echeverry
Andreas Dalsgaard

Antanas Mockus
Katherine Miranda

Danish Film Institute, by Film Commissioners Jesper Jack, Dola Bonfils

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board
Freedom of Expression Foundation / Fritt Ord
Danish Ministry of Education
Danish Film Directors

the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund's Spotlighting Women Documentary Award

Iambic Dream Films
Tour de Force
Iambic Dream Films

Final Cut for Real