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We Shall Overcome (2006)

Drømmen (original title)
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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a touching one..
1 November 2007 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie today and I have to say, it was much much better than I expected it to be about couple of hours before going to see it. Personally I had some prejudice due to the language of it, but it did totally change my idea. The movie was in most cases surprisingly good with the great actor and actress performances. It was a story about a boy who had a dream and who did everything to reach it. This really touched me and as a film, which is based on a true story, it convinced me. A new school, psycho headmaster and a young boy who get known with a new teacher, a bit different one than the others and about fighting for the things even if they doesn't seem to work out. It showed how little things can make huge changes in many things, and how difference can sometimes cause difficult situations. Also I think the actor selections has succeeded perfectly. It really felt like you had been some person watching the episodes as an outsider when they happened. Before I spoil this movie with praises, I have to admit that there were some things and situations that didn't look and feel realistic..like the one where the headmaster of the school beat Frits aka. Martin in front of the class, at the end of the movie. He really got beaten badly, but the only thing that it caused to him, was some blood coming from the nose when comparing that to the first beating in the beginning, when Frits got some stitches..well I guess every movie has it own faults..have to say, that if I someday somewhere find this DVD from the store, it's sure thing, that I take it with me.


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