Short Experimental documentary

The King and
the Yellow Star

This documentary uncovers the origin of the long-lived story that King Christian X of Denmark rode out into the streets of Copenhagen with a yellow star on his chest in 1943 in sympathy with the Danish Jews. Even though it never happened it’s widely accepted as a fact outside Denmark. The story traces back to the inventor of spin in wartime New York, and reveals that, even though untrue, an appealing story is always inspired by real life…

The King and the Yellow Star

Director: Thor Hampus Bank
Writer: Richard Raskin
Producers:  Emil Johnsen, Puk Lodahl Eisenhardt

Length: 15′ min. 
Status: in development

Produced by: GotFat Productions

Supported by:
The West Danish Film Fund


The King and the Yellow Star is a short documentary (15′ min. approx.) that uncovers an intriguing aspect of the story not previously known by a wider audience. Researched and written by Richard Raskin, Dr.Phil. at Aarhus University, it unravels how the myth of King Christian X of Denmark and the Yellow Star came to be viewed as a true story by most Americans and around the world. The documentary will be told as a train journey in a landscape of cut-out archive footage and images, mixed with present day interviews and live action footage. The result is a beautiful adventure into the myth of the King and the yellow star.

If you are interested or want to know more about this project feel free to contact producer Emil Johnsen on email or at +45 22129474