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We Shall Overcome (2006)

Drømmen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 24 March 2006 (Denmark)
A drama about a boy who's inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and challenges repressive school authority in 1969 Denmark.

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Bent Mejding ...
Lindum-Svendsen
Anders W. Berthelsen ...
Freddie Svale
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Peder
Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis ...
Stine
Peter Hesse Overgaard ...
Erling
Sarah Juel Werner ...
Iben
Janus Dissing Rathke ...
Frits
Elin Reimer ...
Farmor
Gyrd Løfquist ...
Farfar
Lasse Borg ...
Søren
Daniel Ørum ...
Troels
Kurt Ravn ...
Lægen
Steen Stig Lommer ...
Lærer Olsen
Joy-Maria Frederiksen ...
Ibens mor
Peter Schrøder ...
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Denmark 1969. When 13 year old Frits is caught in the girls locker room, school principal Svendsen almost tears Frits' ear off. It has to be stitched in the hospital. The doctor says this time the principal has gone a step too far. Parents, colleagues, and class mates react affected by the incident. But it's not that easy to file a child abuse charge against the powerful principal who is highly esteemed in the small community. When the police say it's a school matter, Frits' parents are hesitant about going to the school board because other parents had to move away after their child abuse charge was turned down. But with the help of young hippie teacher Freddie and some of Frits' classmates, the determination of Frits' parents grows to bring down the violent principal.

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Director and co-author Niels Arden Oplev had a school mate whose ear almost had been ripped off by the school principal. See more »

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When the parents are driving to the School Board hearing, they drive by a house with a large satellite dish on the side. See more »

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Referenced in Drømmen - en instruktørs rejse (2006) See more »

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Dark End of the Street
Music and Lyrics by Chips Moman and Dan Penn
Performed by James Carr
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A rousing family film with its nose right on the money.
6 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

Insisting that Martin Luther King's inspirational spirit resides not just in American civil liberties but inside the hearts and minds of people everywhere, Danish helmer Niels Arden Oplev transplants this belief to a 1969 Danish middle school. More specifically, it works its way into the crusade of a young boy named Frits (Janus Dissing Rathke) against his oppressively rigid and churlishly abusive headmaster Svendsen (Bent Mejding). Adapted from a true story, the performances are executed with certain aplomb and a refreshing command over its varied characters keeps it involving. A battle of ideologies between a 13 year-old and a demented disciplinarian gives way to inherent humour but awkward shifts in mood disorients despite keeping it shrewdly cynical in the same vein as a "Dead Poets Society" more than a "Matilda". It treads a familiar path but a continued and precise service to its young protagonist including a personal subplot that rounds off Frits as a young boy becoming a young man, manages to raise the film into a rousing family film with its nose right on the money.


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