Life Is Sacred


2016 Season
Amsterdam, London, New York

Violence is part of everyday life in Colombia, where the military, guerrillas, paramilitaries, and drug cartels have been fighting for decades, and hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. But the unorthodox presidential candidate Antanas Mockus and his enthusiastic young activist supporters attempt to reverse the vicious cycle with an imaginative and positive election campaign. As mayor of Bogotá, dressed in a Superman costume and with an indomitable trust in the good of his fellow citizens, he took on towering crime rates and people's bad traffic habits. But his idealism is both his strength and his weakness in an aggressive political system in which he struggles to restore people’s faith in being able to make a difference. Can good ideas and an idealistic drive alone change a political culture where violence is rampant? This is the portrait of an inspiring man and a powerful youth movement, whose stories are relevant far beyond Colombia's borders.

Andreas Dalsgaard
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In Spanish with English subtitles
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Andreas Dalsgaard

Andreas M. Dalsgaard graduated from the National Film School of Denmark as a fiction film director in 2009. In 2012 Dalsgaard finished the documentary/fiction hybrid called “Traveling with Mr. T” (co-directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont – premiered at CPH:DOX in November 2012) which is also produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen for Final Cut for Real. In 2013 Andreas M. Dalsgaard started ELK Film, a production collective. Most recently Andreas M. Dalsgaard finished “Life is Sacred”, produced by Anne Köhncke and Signe Byrge Sørensen, Final Cut for Real.