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The Contest

MGP Missionen

Directed by Martin Miehe-Renard

  • Ages:
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • Grades:
  • 7
  • 8

When Sawsan's parents forbid her from performing on the country's most popular TV singing contest, her best friend Karl hatches a plan to get her to the show's big finale.

Filmmaker Martin Miehe-Renard in attendance, April 17 & 19 screenings.

When young Karl moves to Copenhagen from his small village in the Danish countryside, he finds it hard to adjust to the diversity and hectic pace of city life. Luckily, he's soon taken under the wing of his new classmate Sawsan, a talented singer, who helps him navigate the social order at school and in the city. When Sawsan auditions for the country's biggest TV singing competition and scores a spot on the show's finale, her dreams are quickly dashed by her parents, who want her to concentrate on her studies and refuse to let her participate. Determined that Sawsan not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Karl hatches a plan to get her to the finale, leading to an epic journey that teaches the two friends the importance of embracing their differences and the unique qualities they each possess.

Themes: Immigration, friendship, acceptance, following your dreams, reality TV

Content Advisory: Strong language, prejudicial comments, cultural stereotypes (overcome throughout the film)

Director(s): Martin Miehe-Renard
Rating: PG
Language: Danish
Year: 2012
Country: Denmark
Runtime: 95 minutes
Ages: 11 to 13
Grades: 7 to 8


Director Biography: Martin Miehe-Renard

Martin Miehe-Renard

Martin Miehe-Renard is a Danish director, writer, actor, producer and composer. He has written and produced several of DR TV's Christmas Calendar series and has written a number of works for children's theatre. His credits as filmmaker include the features Pixie Panic (00), My Sister's Kids at War (10), My Sister's Kids Home Alone (12), and The Contest (13).