A Word for Human

Mauricio González-Aranda, Denmark, 2019

59 min.DK/Documentary

Welcome to the halls of the Royal Danish Library where the echoes of knowledge long ring true. Hover alongside producer Christina Back as she curates an exhibition about the colonial gaze and Denmark’s history of slavery. Lie in silence experiencing the calm emanating from a chamber of treasures curated by Marina Abramovic. Shadow producer Lise Bach Hansen backstage to the Queen’s Hall auditorium, reverberating with the booming words and images of Olafur Eliasson, Henrik Saxgren, and Kim Leine about the fate of the arctic. Peer over the shoulder of senior researcher Anders Toftgaard, buried in his readings, as he tries to understand the motivations of a book collector obsessed with Michel de Montaigne. As the seasons come and go beyond the prismatic walls of the Black Diamond in the heart of Copenhagen, listen to the emotions that stem directly from knowledge and literature in a safe space.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title A Word for Human
Danish title A Word for Human
Keywords Denmark, Royal Danish Library, The, Research, Exhibitions, 2010-2019
Director Mauricio González-Aranda
Director of Photography Mauricio González-Aranda
Editor Mauricio González-Aranda
Composer Christian Pehrson Balvig, Adam Lilienfeldt
Appearance Anders Toftgaard, Lise Bach Hansen, Christina Back, Marina Abramovic
Production country Denmark
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Production company
In collaboration with Final Cut for Real ApS


Direction Mauricio González-Aranda


Production Mauricio González-Aranda
Production Signe Byrge Sørensen


Cinematographer Mauricio González-Aranda


Editor Mauricio González-Aranda


Composer Christian Pehrson Balvig
Composer Adam Lilienfeldt


Sound William Skov Hansen


Appearance Anders Toftgaard
Appearance Lise Bach Hansen
Appearance Christina Back
Appearance Marina Abramovic
Appearance Kim Leine
Appearance Olafur Eliasson
Appearance Henrik Saxgren

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