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Christiania: 40 Years of Occupation (2014)

In 1971 hundreds of young people claimed the 85 acres of an abandoned military base in Copenhagen, Denmark. Finding it politically unpopular to evict the young settlers, the Danish ... See full summary »

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Richard Jackman (co-director), Robert Lawson (co-director)

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Richard Jackman (co-writer), Robert Lawson (co-writer)
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In 1971 hundreds of young people claimed the 85 acres of an abandoned military base in Copenhagen, Denmark. Finding it politically unpopular to evict the young settlers, the Danish government declared Christiania a 'short-term social experiment.' Following 40 years of tense relations with the government, much of it focusing on Christiania's open hashish trade, Christiania is on its way towards becoming a legitimate, though still alternative and self-governed, community. But will legitimacy compromise their fundamental values? Christiania - 40 Years of Occupation explores this journey from the varied perspectives of longtime Christiania residents and government and police officials who have long argued the legality of Christiania's occupation while viewing Christiania as a symbol of freedom that they both cherish and fear. Written by Bus No. 8

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Military Base. Squatter Settlement. Hash Market. Home.


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17 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Very informative
3 October 2018 | by eyeforbeautySee all my reviews

I visited Copenhagen recently and heard much about Christiania but didn't get to actually see it. So, upon returning home, I searched for a documentary that could tell me a bit about what I hadn't seen. This documentary seems to have done the job nicely, covering lots of the history of the place and giving an idea of the meaning it has for both residents and Denmark as a whole. The DVD also includes an intelligent and useful audio commentary by the directors.


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