Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Director: Mads Brügger
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 3.0

Brügger accompanies aid worker Göran Björkdahl to Ndola (in Africa) to investigate the early death of former United Nations Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash in 1961 and whether or not it was an accident, but their research leads them down a very dark path, where they learn about a sketchy organization called the South African Institute for Maritime Research (SAIMR) and that group's 'leader,' a shadowy figure named Keith Maxwell, who may have been up to some nasty business.  While Brügger doesn't do himself any favors with his showman-like antics - dressing up in all white (like Maxwell used to), dictating his thoughts to two African secretaries, and making sure he's in every shot (halfway through, he has a bit of a breakdown) - what he and Björkdahl uncover is, even if a little bit true, deeply alarming: Maxwell may (or may not) have been behind Hammarskjöld's death (that Ace of Spades on his corpse is unnerving) and also may (or may not) have been a part of a program to infect Africans with AIDS disguised as 'vaccines' (although this has been disputed).  It could just be a lot of conspiracy theory mumbo-jumbo - and self-aware Brügger, at the very least, warns his audience that might be the case - but there are enough clues that not everything involving that 'crash' was 'accidental.'  Never forget what Give 'Em Hell Harry said: "[Hammarskjöld] was on the point of getting something done when they killed him.  Notice that I said 'when they killed him'."  If Truman thought something was up ... think about it.