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Lockdown – A Children’s Story

Emil Emil Nørgaard Munk & Emil Nørgaard Munk / Denmark / 2020

When Covid-19 shut down Denmark in 2020, almost 400 children and young people started filming their new everyday lives. It has now become a unique insight into children's lives during the pandemic. 

When Covid-19 shut down Denmark in early 2020, nearly 400 children and young people began filming their new everyday lives. Through a myriad of voices, ‘When Denmark Shut Down’ shows unique children’s stories and experiences. Such as Lærke, who has childhood arthritis and is not allowed to return to school. And Filippa, who is not allowed to see her much-loved but cancer-stricken grandmother. Or Ella, a 12-year-old instagrammer who turns to social media to cope with the crisis, and Alend, who thought he was going to play computer games 24/7 but ends up in the forest. The film makes room for unique voices, but through aesthetic stylisations, it also portrays the thoughts and feelings that ran through the minds of Denmark’s children and young people. This is Danish history at children’s level.