Cinema: Afghanistan documentary rocks Denmark
18 May 2010
The general staff of the Danish army has started an investigation of war crimes possibly committed by soldiers in Afghanistan, after Janus Metz’ documentary Armadillo was screened at Cannes as an entrant in the Critics’ Week. In the film, explains the Jyllands-Posten, Danish soldiers talk about “executing” wounded Taliban fighters during a skirmish on 25 June 2009, which would indeed constitute a war crime. The film is not slated for commercial release till 8 July, but reactions already break down by political persuasion, adds the paper: left-wing viewers see it as a portrayal of a “Danish Vietnam”, the right as a “monument to the heroic efforts of Danish soldiers”.