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Unknown Earth 

Written and directed by: Annette Mari Olsen & Katia Forbert Petersen

Director of Photography: Katia Forbert Petersen

Producers: Annette Mari Olsen & Katia Forbert Petersen


Duration: 40 minutes

Produced by: Sfinx Film in co-production with DRTV and The Danish Film Institute


Awarded Prix Europa

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Unknown Earth is part of the documentary series You have to be Round to live in a Globe, which was awarded special commendation of Prix Europa about life in exile, migration, the subject of refugees and the culture clashes it entails.

More and more of the Turks who once came to Denmark as foreign guest workers wish to be buried in Turkey. Danish funeral ceremonies clash in many ways with Turkish religion and culture, so even though a Muslim may be buried anywhere on earth, more and more are choosing to be flown back home for the last journey. In this documentary we attend the moving burial ceremony of a 22-year-old Turkish man, who died in a car crash, only two days before his wife gave birth to his son. Friends and family visit the young man’s parents and sing, pray and share the sorrow before accompanying the family and the coffin to Turkey. Together with the family and

friends we witness Islamic rituals - and the enormous cultural gap that exists - even after death.

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