Mads Brügger (born 24 June 1972) is a Danish filmmaker and TV host. His Danes for Bush and The Red Chapel are ironic documentaries filmed in the United States and North Korea. On the Danish channel DR2 he has been host of the talk show Den 11. time and the news program Deadline.
In October 2011 he released a new documentary, The Ambassador, about the trading of diplomatic titles in Africa. Brügger impersonated a Liberian ambassador by purchasing a new identity on a black market, and then proceeded to expose the ease with which people holding diplomatic titles can exploit the gem trade.
As result of the revelations in the documentary the government of Liberia has taken legal steps to prosecute Brügger and the other participants, due to the embarrassment his work has done to the country. However, as of July 2012 the Danish government has not been presented with a formal demand for the extradition of Brügger.
Mads Brügger directed Cold Case Hammarskjöld (premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival), which is a documentary film about the death of UN General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld in a plane crash in 1961.
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- "Mads Brügger ny Deadline-vært" (in Danish). MediaWatch.dk. 25 May 2009.
- "THE MAN WITH THE YELLOW HAT GONE BAD". Danish Film Institute. 6 May 2011.
- Dworkin, Jennifer (Sep–Oct 2012). "The Ambassador". Film Comment. 48 (5): 84–85. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Is Exploitation Ever OK?". Huffington Post. 29 August 2012.
- Scott, A. O. (28 August 2012). "'The Ambassador,' Directed by Mads Brugger". The New York Times.
- Julian Isherwood (25 May 2009). "Liberia to sue The Ambassador". Politiken.
- Graham-Harrison, Emma; Rocksen, Andreas; Brügger, Mads (12 January 2019). "RAF veteran 'admitted 1961 killing of UN secretary general'". The Guardian. Retrieved January 29, 2019.