The Child Soldier’s New Job

Mads Ellesøe, Denmark, 2016

68 min.DK/Documentary

It is a well-known fact that private military companies are becoming significant players in conflicts around the world, supplying not merely the goods but also the services of war. Large parts of both the logistics and the actual warfare have been outsourced to private companies who want to maximise profit. They hire cheap labour from the poorest parts of the world. The gravest example is the employment of former child soldiers. The film explores how globalisation has changed the industry of warfare. How is it possible that companies can hire former child soldiers despite the codes of conduct that have been formulated for the private military industry?
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Børnesoldatens nye job
Danish title Børnesoldatens nye job
Keywords Child soldiers, Mercenaries, Utilization, Safety companies, Recruitment
Director Mads Ellesøe
Producer Mette Heide
Director of Photography Henrik Bohn Ipsen, Nadim Carlsen
Editor Bodil Kjærhauge, Steen Johannessen
Sound Henrik Gugge Garnov
Composer Uno Helmersson
Production designer Tor Fruergaard
Appearance Stephen Armstrong, Mara Mynster Christensen, Sean McFate
Production country Denmark
International sales DR International Sales
Online release 17.05.2016
Comment Journalist and filmmaker Mads Ellesøe is known for his investigative stories and documentaries from America, Afghanistan, Kenya, Morocco, Belarus, Uganda and more, produced for television, radio, magazines and newspapers. Ellesøe is currently working for Danish national broadcaster DR.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company
Executive Producer Plus Pictures


Direction Mads Ellesøe


Producer Mette Heide
Production manager Mette Mailand


Cinematographer Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Cinematographer Nadim Carlsen


Editor Bodil Kjærhauge
Editor Steen Johannessen


Composer Uno Helmersson

Production design

Production design Tor Fruergaard


Sound designer Henrik Gugge Garnov


Appearance Stephen Armstrong
Appearance Mara Mynster Christensen
Appearance Sean McFate

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