Vote for Change
In 2007 director Christoffer Guldbrandsen got close to the eye of a political storm: one of the first Muslims in Danish Parliament, Naser Khader, called Guldbrandsen the day before announcing his forma-tion of a new political party, asking him to film everywhere and everything. Within nine days Khaders party became the third largest political party in Denmark, riding on a historic wave of popular and emotional enthusiasm. Though lacking in substance, but with hope as the main message, the Khader movement had some similarity to the Obama story of the United States. Khader and his colleagues however could not meet the people’s expecta-tions, and the film tells this story about a great opportu-nity lost.
The film shows the unpleasant decline that involves everyone around New Alliance as the party gradually crumbles away. By portraying the disagree-ment in the party leadership about the political project of New Alliance, the internal dis-putes about strategy and tac-tics and the unmatched expec-tations as to how to work to-gether, the film offers the au-dience a valuable key to under-stand one of the more spec-tacular political phenomenon’s in Danish modern history. Not since The War Room (Penne-baker/Hegedus 1993) have we come this close to the dirty minds and tricks of the political play.
VOTE FOR CHANGE show how feelings and personal relations determine important decisions in politics. The film is a brutally honest artistic story about the fascination of party leader Naser Khaders project, which so many are seized by in the beginning, including the docu-mentary film maker himself. Through his films director Chri-stoffer Guldbrandsen has fol-lowed many of the spin doctors working for leading Danish poli-ticians, but in VOTE FOR CHANGE he gets as close as never before, giving the audi-ence an exceptional insight into their much debated working methods