Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

DVD - 2019
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In 1961, Secretary General of the UN Dag Hammarskjold died in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia while en route to ceasefire negotiations between non-combatant UN forces and troops from the breakaway state of Katanga. What started as conspiracy theories have evolved into a growing consensus that Hammarskjold and fifteen other people were shot down, inciting the UN to reopen the case on the suspicion of assassination.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.1524 COLD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
5.1 Dolby Digital
video file
DVD video
region 1
Language Note: English dialogue with English subtitles; closed-captioned in English


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Feb 20, 2020

What a strange documentary. I was 13 when Dag Hammarskjold died. At that age you are very impressionable. When adults are concerned about an event and there is a lot of news coverage, you retain a sense of injustice and mystery about events that you do not understand. I was very curious to see this story. I almost gave up on this film at about the halfway mark. I am a huge documentary fan, so I was very disappointed to see what looked more like a junior high ( sorry ) project with crude cartoons, manila folder chapter headings, and the repeated reference to a mercenary called the "lone ranger" who supposedly shot Hammarskjold's plane out of the sky flying a Belgian military jet. The entire first hour could have been done in 15 minutes. Watching two elderly men did for the remains of a plane with shovels defies and destroys credibility. Then the remaining half of the film is devoted to a South African paramilitary group whose goal was white supremacy. They were supposedly inoculating Africans with the AIDS virus ( highly unlikely ). Interviews implicate the British and South African governments, the CIA, and big business. ( There are photos of his dead body supposedly with an ace of spades in his collar which was purported to be a CIA symbol. ) Hammarskjold was killed because he wanted African countries to be free from the old colonial powers and be self-determining. If the film is to be believed the plane was brought down by a bomb. I can believe that the United Nations Secretary General was murdered, but the only thing this film perhaps accomplished was to raise more questions. The United Nations is readdressing the issue. Mild recommendation - view with a very skeptical mind. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jan 07, 2020

Never heard of the 1961 death of Dag Hammarskjöld before. Now, I know who he was, and possibly egregious mercenary missions to destabilize young African countries after the decolonization of Africa between 1945–1960, and more. The two narrators are fun to watch, coming across as slackers taking their time to deliver this documentary after 6 plus years.


Swedish tragedy: It may be observed that Sweden as a nation was greatly affected by the tragic events of September 1961, as Dag Hammarskjöld and 8 others of the 16 people who died in the disaster were Swedish, including thecrew, who were flying a plane owned by a Swedish company.

12 September 2019 UN's latest report on investigation: Investigation into the conditions and circumstances resulting in the tragic death of Dag Hammarskjöld and of the members of the party accompanying him

Dec 07, 2019

IMDb- Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a crime far worse than killing the Secretary-General of the United Nations. —Piraya Film


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Jan 07, 2020

We are here because we are making a documentary about the death of Dag Hammarskjold.
-Okay. After a long time?
Yes. It's a cold case, you know? Yeah, yeah. We want to find out if Hammarskjold was the victim of a conspiracy.
-Okay. I mean, you've been doing your research for a long time?
Six years.
- Six years?
-Okay. What is the title of your documentary?
The title?
- Yes.
"Cold Case Hammarskjold".
You think it's an okay title?
- Do you have other titles?
-Okay. Then, it means this one suits. So, you'll have to leave it.
Dag Hammarskjold became the UN Secretary General in 1953. At first, he was believed to be a boring Swedish technocrat, but, in fact, he was a flaming and strong-willed idealist. It is very easy to bow to the wish of a big power. It is another matter to resist. For Hammarskjold, one of the most important tasks of the UN was to protect the African countries who had recently gained independence, from the tentacles of old colonial powers.

Jan 07, 2020

Anybody that resisted any white form of... manipulation on the African continent, XXYYZZ was prepared to go and quell those for a price. At a cost. And that was one thing that Dag Hammarskjold was totally against. And he wanted every country for the people of the country. And obviously, when you've got investments, when there's minerals, gold, diamonds, oil and all of that stuff... and we all know which countries... He was a threat. We countered effectively efforts from all sides to make the Congo a happy hunting ground for national interests. To be a roadblock to such efforts is to make yourself the target of attacks from all those who find their plans thwarted.

Jan 07, 2020

His plane crashed in the outskirts of a small mining town called Ndola, right on the border between the Congo and the British protectorate of Rhodesia. It was the perfect kill room. Isolated and far away from prying eyes and ears. Hammarskjold was on his way to Ndola for peace talks
with Moise Tshombe... the rebel leader of the breakaway region Katanga.
People need to know about Katanga. How Katanga in 1960... seceded from Congo, declared independence, and a war broke out. And it's important people understand that Katanga was basically the property
of a giant Belgian corporation called Union Minire, a mining corporation. And it was more or less Union Minire who installed Moise Tshombe
as the leader of Katanga... Yes... as a figurehead.


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