Mads Brügger

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Mads Brügger
Mads Brügger sitting down, conversing with another person
Brügger in 2012
Born (1972-06-24) 24 June 1972 (age 49)
Known for

Mads Brügger (Danish: [ˈmæs ˈpʁœkɐ]; born 24 June 1972) is a Danish filmmaker and TV host.



Brügger's first two projects, the documentary series Danes for Bush and the feature The Red Chapel, filmed in the United States and North Korea, respectively, are satirical looks at each of the two nations.

In October 2011, he released a new documentary, The Ambassador, about the trading of diplomatic titles in Africa.[1][2] Brügger impersonated a Liberian ambassador by purchasing a new identity on the black market and then proceeded to expose the ease with which people holding diplomatic titles can exploit the gem trade.[3][4]

As result of the revelations in the documentary, the government of Liberia took legal steps to prosecute Brügger and other people involved in the project, due to the embarrassment his work was perceived to have been caused to the nation. However, as of July 2012, the Danish government has not been presented with a formal demand for Brügger's extradition.[5]

Brügger directed Cold Case Hammarskjöld, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary focuses on the death of UN General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld in a 1961 plane crash. In January 2019, Brügger reported on his findings in three articles published in The Guardian.[6][7][8]

In October 2020, Brügger's documentary The Mole: Undercover in North Korea was released, featuring a Danish chef going undercover in the Korean Friendship Association over the course of ten years, while trying to uncover the illicit arms and narcotics dealings of North Korea.[9]

Other media[edit]

Brügger has hosted the talk show Den 11. time as well as the news program Deadline on the Danish channel DR2.[10]



  1. ^ "THE MAN WITH THE YELLOW HAT GONE BAD". Danish Film Institute. 6 May 2011.
  2. ^ Dworkin, Jennifer (September–October 2012). "The Ambassador". Film Comment. 48 (5): 84–85. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Is Exploitation Ever OK?". Huffington Post. 29 August 2012.
  4. ^ Scott, A. O. (28 August 2012). "'The Ambassador,' Directed by Mads Brugger". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Julian Isherwood (25 May 2009). "Liberia to sue The Ambassador". Politiken.
  6. ^ Graham-Harrison, Emma; Rocksen, Andreas; Brügger, Mads (12 January 2019). "RAF veteran 'admitted 1961 killing of UN secretary general'". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  7. ^ Graham-Harrison, Emma; Rocksen, Andreas; Brügger, Mads (20 January 2019). "Coups and murder: the sinister world of apartheid's secret mercenaries". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  8. ^ Graham-Harrison, Emma; Rocksen, Andreas; Brügger, Mads (27 January 2019). "Ex-mercenary claims South African group tried to spread Aids". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Documentary claims to expose North Korea trying to dodge sanctions". BBC. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Mads Brügger ny Deadline-vært" (in Danish). [dk]. 25 May 2009. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2010.

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