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Cold Case Hammarskjöld: Transatlantic Webinar

July 23, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington D.C. in cooperation with the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and the UNC-CH Center for European Studies invites you for a Coast to Coast – Transatlantic Webinar on the film Cold Case Hammarskjöld.

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Mairead McGuinness | European Parliament Vice President
Mairead McGuinness is an Irish politician, an agricultural economist and award winning journalist, commentator, radio producer and television presenter. She has served as the First Vice-President of the European Parliament since 2017 and as Member of the European Parliament representing Ireland’s Midlands–North-West constituency since 2004. She is a member of Fine Gael, part of the European Center Right grouping, the European People’s Party. She is also European Parliament Vice-President with responsibility for North America.

Mads Brügger | Journalist and Filmmaker
Mads Brügger is a Danish journalist, television host, author, and filmmaker. He has written several books, worked for magazines and newspapers, produced award-winning radio programs, and hosted the critically acclaimed late-night television show The 11th Hour, as well as the daily news program Deadline. Brügger also created the satirical docuseries Danes for Bush and the feature documentaries THE RED CHAPEL (World Cinema Documentary Jury Prize, 2010 Sundance Film Festival) and THE AMBASSADOR (2012 Sundance Film Festival).

John Stephens | UNC Political Science Professor and Director
John D. Stephens is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Director of the Center for European Studies, the European Union Center of Excellence, and the Trans-Atlantic Masters program at UNC Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. (1970) from Harvard University and his Ph.D. (1976) from Yale University. His main interests are comparative politics and political economy, with area foci on Europe, the Antipodes, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He teaches European politics and the political economy of advanced industrial societies. Award winning author.


Joseph Dunne | Director at European Parliament Office in Washington DC
Alessandro Ago | Director of Programming and Special Projects at USC School of Cinematic Arts

About the Film

Cold Case Hammarskjöld was a 2019 finalist for the European Parliament LUX Film Prize. Watch the trailer.
On the night of September 17, 1961, the plane of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld crashed in the Congolese province of Katanga, under strange circumstances. Defender of Congo’s independence, Hammarskjöld had made himself unpopular with the Western powers present on the African continent. The mysterious crash has never been fully elucidated. More than 50 years later, the provocative Danish director and journalist Mads Brügger (The Ambassador) investigates. Determined to make the whole truth, he heads for the African bush with the Swedish private detective Göran Bjorkdahl. The duo discover a fabric of deceptions and betrayals which raises new questions. After a false start, a short runway and a few mind-blowing interviews, it’s a much bigger deal that is surfacing.


July 23, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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