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CPH:DOX 2012 Opening Complaints

The 10th edition of CPH:DOX is about to start – so happy birthday to them, the staff and ourselves on this versatile and exciting event.

For the second year in a row, the opening was held at Koncerthuset, the fantastic concert hall of the national Danish broadcasting corporation, DR. I had received an invitation – and thank you for that – and was looking forward to the screening of Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn & Anonymous’s film “The Act of Killing”, produced by my friends at Final Cut for Real. But, but, but… I need to get this out:
First of all: When the ticket says “7 PM, doors open at 6.30 PM”, it’s not okay to let people guess when the event really starts, which proved to be at 7.45. From the lobby you have no chance to see what’s going on inside the hall itself (the place is a complex system of stairs, elevators, aisles and escalators) and no bells indicated when you should actually go to your seat. Some people were trapped in their seats for 40 minutes before anything …