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Peter Howell: Cold Case Hammarskjold connects many scattered dots in the plane crash that killed Dag Hammarskjold

Peter Howell: Cold Case Hammarskjold connects many scattered dots in the plane crash that killed Dag Hammarskjold
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Documentary on the mysterious 1961 plane-crash death of United Nations chief Dag Hammarskjold. Directed by Mads Brugger. Opens Friday at TIFF Bell Lightbox. 127 minutes. PG

Cold Case Hammarskjold is a shaggy-dog detective story with bite from Danish doc maker Mads Brugger (The Red Chapel), told in the whimsical style of Michael Moore or Morgan Spurlock.

It begins by seeking the truth about the mysterious 1961 African plane crash that killed United Nations chief Dag Hammarskjold, an event long suspected as an act of terrorism, perpetrated to thwart his efforts to bring peace to warring African nations.

By the end of this nearly 2-1/2-hour film, which starts offhandedly and rather glibly but firmly rises to a bell-ringer of a finale, Brugger has connected many scattered dots. The picture that emerges is a vast global conspiracy to foment African genocide.

It’s genuinely shocking stuff. But can we fully trust the all-too-talkative old men who appear before the director’s probing lens?
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