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– A film by Michael Graversen

Year: 2006. Duration: 28 min.


Michael Graversen finds out that the town Grindsted, where he grew up is also the home of one of the biggest pollution scandals in Denmark. One day he hears the startling forecasts about the future of the groundwater on the radio and realizes that he was born and bred in a chemical dump.


No one seems to be willing to take responsibility for the disaster.


In TOXIC GROUND Michael Graversen goes on a quest to make the politicians and the local community to step up and take responsibility for cleaning the water and restoring the groundwater so the future generations will have clean drinkring water.




Director: Michael Graversen
Producers: Lise Saxtrup and Stine Hamburger
Editor: Charlotte Munch Bengtsen
Cinematographer: Anders Aagaard Nielsen and Kenneth Sorento


TOXIC GROUND is produced with support from the Film Workshop of the Danish Film Institute.


Danish filmmaker Michael Graversen has received wide festival acclaim with his films that are known to deal with existential or social relevant themes.
The intimate portrait of an young Afghan refugee in “Dreaming of Denmark” (2015) earned him a CPH:DOX F:ACT Award nomination and “No Man’s Land” (2013), a strong depiction of life at a children’s asylum center was selected for IDFA and 25+ festivals. Previous films include the shorts “An Anxious Mind”, “Toxic Ground” and “The Last Night Shift”. Michael Graversen graduated in Documentary Directing from the National Film and TV School in the UK and holds a BA in Film & Media Science and Psychology from Copenhagen University.
Dreaming of Denmark (2015)
No Man’s Land (2013)
An Anxious Mind (2012)

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