Raising a School Shooter

Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors, Denmark, 2021

74 min.DK/Documentary

As the disaster of yet another school shooting hits, some parents are faced with a brutal fact: Their child was the one pulling the trigger. Jeff’s son Andy shot and killed two classmates and wounded thirteen other students when he was 15. Andy is serving 25 to life. Clarence’s son Nicholas killed his teacher and wounded another teacher in 1988 and is serving life. Sue’s son Dylan was one of the two teenagers behind the Columbine Massacre in 1999. Dylan committed suicide. Through deeply personal stories the film explores guilt, denial, failure and responsibility, harassment, sorrow, friendship and love.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Raising a School Shooter
Danish title Mit barn blev skoleskyder
Keywords School shootings, Parents, Massacres, Young people, Parent-child relation
Director Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors
Producer Anne Köhncke
Editor Lasse Barkfors, Signe Rebekka Kaufmann
Sound Clement Badin
Composer Julian Winding
Production country Denmark, Sweden, France, Belgium
International sales DR International Sales
Online release 20.10.2021, Filmcentralen
Comment The third film in Frida and Lasse Barkfors' trilogy on social stigma, examining guilt and shame. Sundance award-winning 'Pervert Park' (2014) was the first, followed by 'Death of a Child' (2017).
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company
Executive Producer Final Cut for Real ApS
Co-production De Andra AB, Les Films Grain de Sable, Film i Skåne, Visible Film, RTBF
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Swedish Film Institute, Creative Europe, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, CNC, Procirep, Strasbourg Eurométropole
In collaboration with ARTE France, BBC, DR, ERR, Moviestar+, NRK, RTS, SVT, VGTV, VPRO - Television, VRT


Direction Frida Barkfors
Direction Lasse Barkfors


Producer Anne Köhncke
Co-producer Sallah-Edine Ben Jamaa
Co-producer Frida Barkfors
Co-producer Thierry Detaille
Consultant Lisa Nyed
Editor Isabelle Christiaens
Research Mauricio González-Aranda
Research Margaux Sax
Fixer Katrin Barkfors
Fixer Elin Barkfors
Post Producer Maria Kristensen
Post-producton coordinator Francesc Sitges-Sardà
Post-producton coordinator Oliver Borgo
Post-producton coordinator Esther Nissen
Associate producer Heidi Elise Christensen
Associate producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Associate producer Monica Hellström
Associate producer Anaïs Vita
Associate producer Fabio Lucchini
Associate producer Davide Morandini
Production assistant Anna Aubin
Production assistant Etta Vitus
Production assistant Sonia Ladidá
Production assistant Anna Duelund Hansen
Production assistant Alexander Derry
Production assistant Barbara Crvelin
Production assistant Piotr Winiewicz
Publicist Sisse K. Ibsen


Editor Lasse Barkfors
Editor Signe Rebekka Kaufmann
Editing supervisor Yael Bitton


Composer Julian Winding


Sound designer Clement Badin
Recording engineer Frida Barkfors
Re-recording mixer Jonathan Vanneste

Visual effects

Colorist David Chantoiseau

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Festival screenings

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Festival Festival date
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2022-05-13
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 2021-12-09
Amsterdam, IDFA 2021-11-17
Bergen International Film festival 2021-10-20
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2021-09-16
Bologna, Biografilm 2021-06-04
CPH:DOX 2021-04-21
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