Afghanistan war doc sparks debate
'Armadillo' screened in Critics Week sidebarCANNES -- "Armadillo," Janus Metz's Critics Week documentary about Danish soldiers in Afghanistan, has set off a firestorm of political debate in its home country, with the Danish defense minister being called to explain the allegations raised by the film.
Denmark's talk-show and pundit circuit lit up after an "Armadillo" screening in Copenhagen for politicians and journalists Monday. While Denmark's extreme right wing parties are hailing the film as a heroic depiction of their boys in battle, forces on the left are using it to strengthen their argument for a pull out of Danish troops from the region.
Speaking to THR in Cannes, Metz said that the film "doesn't push a political message down anyone's throat" he hoped it would be a "bomb that would set off debate on the issue of the war."