Armadillo: John Mackinlay Interviews Janus Metz
RUSI Journal, Jun 2012, Vol. 157, No. 3
By John Mackinlay and Janus Metz
In 2010, Armadillo brought home the realities of war to a hitherto unaware Danish public. Filmed over the course of three months by a small crew embedded with the Danish contingent in Afghanistan, Janus Metz’s documentary shot to number one in Denmark’s box office in the week of its release and sparked a heated debate on the country’s role in Afghanistan. Two years on, the political debate continues – this time over the allegedly controversial decision not to close the Armadillo base even after its strategic relevance had been superseded. In this poignant interview, Janus Metz goes back to the heart of documentary-making to talk about the representation of war, the difficulties of maintaining objectivity, and the fine line between reality and art.
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