About this project
View the official trailer!
Music by Pete Droge
CHRISTIANIA tells the story of a 40 year old squatter community occupying a derelict, 17th century military base in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark.
We began making this documentary in 2006 and are currently in post-production. Our next steps are to work with a composer, sound designer and colorist to finish the film, and acquire rights to music and archival photos and footage.
Filmmakers Richard Jackman & Robert Lawson
Your support will help us to complete this exciting and important finishing work and move on to the final leg of our journey - making the film available for audiences to enjoy.
Christiania's main gate
Christiania was born in 1971 when youthful idealism and a severe housing shortage incited hundreds of young people to occupy 85 acres of deserted brick buildings, woods, ramparts and canals as their home. Finding it politically unpopular to evict the young settlers, the Danish government declared Christiania a short-term “social experiment.”
With the freedom to experiment, the Christianites built a distinct culture based on group consensus, and a thriving economy of restaurants, bars, cottage industries, and an open hashish trade. In every respect, Christiania became an alternative that challenged, inspired, and frightened the society outside.
CHRISTIANIA tells the story of this remarkable place – a story full of struggles and triumphs, crises and compromises – through the voices of Christiania's residents, and government and police officials.
Here is what PBS travel guru, Rick Steves, has to say about our film;
"The efforts of Lawson, Jackman, and Bus No. 8 deserve support and praise." See Rick Steves' full endorsement here
About some of our donor rewards:
The Christianites have negotiated a deal with the Danish government to purchase Christiania and preserve its unique way of life. They are selling “shares” to help pay for this. Your Christiania Share supports Christiania and also gets you invitations to Christiania Share festivities! You can learn more about Christiania shares here:http://www.christianiafolkeaktie.dk/
Christiania film T-Shirt
T-shirt with Christiania film logo.
Smørrebrød og tour med Lis (Traditional Danish meal and tour with Lis)
Nis's home! We've spent a lot of time at this table, and so could you! Enjoy lunch and a tour, right in the heart of Christiania, at the Honorary Christianite: Smørrebrød og tour med Lis level! (Be sure to ask Nis about Lis) Photo by nisjensen.dk
Situated right in the heart of a bustling metropolis, Christiania is often called "The Green Lung of the City."
The documentary is almost entirely in English. There is some subtitled Danish in the film, but all of our interviews were conducted in English.
Uh...not so much. We can both speak a very little bit, but our efforts are almost always met with blank stares. Nis, one of our documentary subjects, and a very good friend, will often laugh quite openly at us when we attempt to speak Danish.
We are scheduled to complete the film by January of 2013.
We will submit the film to film festivals and work on making it available via online streaming outlets and DVD.
Films, and documentaries in particular, can take a long time! And a lot of money! We have shot the film over the course of five years as funding and schedules have allowed. We are now in the process of editing and then we'll move into the final phases of post-production.
In 2005, Rich had a scholarship to spend five months in Copenhagen studying the unique architecture of Christiania for his Master's thesis. At the same time, Robert was in the Documentary Production program at the University of Washington. When Robert visited Rich in Copenhagen, he quickly came to share Rich's love and fascination for Christiania.
Armed with the access to Christiania's residents that Rich had earned, and Robert's filmmaking skills, we decided that there wasn't a better time to document this community that we both had fallen in love with. Even after five years and many tears, we're still in love with it!
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