This documentary uncovers Denmark’s role in the War on Terror in its inception. In the beginning of 2002, Danish Special Forces were sent to Afghanistan in what was supposedly a ‘humanitarian campaign’. The film documents the reality on the ground in and around the Kandahar camp. It is the story of a small country with a long pacifist tradition and its entry onto an international military stage. It lays bare the decision to stand side by side with US intervention and partake in capturing Afghan prisoners at a time when the US forces labelled them illegal combatants without any legal rights under the Geneva conventions. The film documents what happened to prisoners captured by Danish troops and handed over to American troops. The film also shows how the culture of abuse disclosed in Abu Graib and Guantanamo had its outset in Afghanistan.
Moreover, it is a story of how principles of human rights erode in the absence of clear rules and how a responsible government fails to react and inform parliament and the public about this. The film follows the director’s investigation of the secret war and his encounters with the Danish military when trying to find out what happened.
Finally, the film has sparked intense controversy in Denmark. The opposition has called for an independent investigation – a demand that has been rejected by the prime minister. The film has so far resulted in more than 1700 newspaper articles in Denmark and abroad and has sparked a fierce debate about Denmark’s status as a close ally to the United States in the war on terror.