Christiania — 40 Years of Occupation

For over 40 years a squatter community has occupied an abandoned military base in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark. The community was born when youthful idealism and a severe housing shortage incited hundreds of young people to turn 85 acres of deserted brick buildings, woods, ramparts and canals into their home. Finding the idea of eviction to be politically unpopular, the government declared Christiania a short-term social experiment. Decades later, Christiania is still standing. Through interviews with longtime residents, police officers and government officials, Lawson and Jackman’s film explores consensus democracy, alternative building methods, drug policy, and Scandinavian culture in a provocative and often humorous fashion.

Genres: Documentary, Northwest Filmmaker