Christiania

Christiania

40 Years of Occupation

DVD - 2016
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"Since 1971 a squatter community has occupied an abandoned military base in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark. Finding the idea of eviction to be politically unpopular, the government declared Christiania a short-term social experiment. Over fourty years later, Christiania is still standing."
Publisher: Holland, Ohio : Dreamscape Media, LLC, ©2016.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (77 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
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Odtsetseg
Jul 15, 2017

Ok Finally got to watching this. I thought it was a different Christiana. I've been to a different place by the same name. Run based on part of this model. The movie here I did know some of the people in it. Such as Olaf the historian. However I also knew him from other work we did together. In the Christiana I lived outside of and worked with while staying in Denmark working with the military as a private consultant. Olaf wasn't there. I tried to edit my earlier comment. But I couldn't for some reason. Anyways. My comments in my earlier remarks were regarding the other Market/Camp by the same name. Not this one though I do recognize the pictures for it. Those came from a completely different location that was much older. I did visit that one as a child. The other one I was at as an adult and though a few of the other places people were there it was of primarily unrelated people to the original Christiana. In this movies version which has Olaf and when we were kids the people I saw there called me Freya and Olaf went by Loki like the Viking Myth. As an adult they knew me by a totally different name. Olaf also was an actor who worked in several shows including Star Wars, the tv Show Andromeda, and as the musical performer Laser Hawk. I once was connected to the music Andromedia. We both worked in engineering and the entertainment industry. Our parents were part of a think tank so we grew up around each other. Also serving in military and police together.

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MoonStarFlower
Feb 21, 2017

This commune was not a nudist commune it was a humanitarian commune. It didn't start off anarchist either. I used to own Nemoland as its first owner. I was also involved with the transfer of property from Denmark and Copenhagen to the Commune. The property was owned by one original member and more land was also purchased. However the government had used the land for a base. Because of that they had wired the property for power and sewer as well as built some of the buildings. The "squatter" label never applied to the original commune people. This is because they were simply occupying a property owned by a member and were ironing out transfer details.

As a humanitarian group of ex military and reserve officers the original members of the commune chose to reach out and help others. This meant a drug addiction program was started after some of us ran into some people while in Copenhagen that were living on the streets one of which was quite elderly. On a belief they deserved dignity and to be cared for. We offered them a clean place to live, laundry, healthcare, meals, and a program to wean some of them off hard drugs. Some were so severely addicted and old we provided them with medical supervision to prevent overdose death. Little old people that should be someone's cared for grandparent shouldn't live on the street starving, or doing things in desperation to take drugs to escape their pain. Some of them were on the street because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, post traumatic stress disorder, and job loss. They needed help and a fresh start so we offered programs for them as well as non addicted people. Finding youth on the street we offered them the same help.

Problems arose when the commune allowed in acquaintances or friend of friends. People we know vouched for their friend. The friends did the same for these people. At first they may of seemed ok but in the end they weren't. Authorities had an agreement with us. We tried to get them to go voluntarily, then with us physically trying to get them to leave, before going to authorities and getting their help. During this time I went through some awful things because some of these people.

We later encountered another problem. Youth claiming to be run aways that left their good and loving home. Some really did run away and others their parents thought they had a scholarship or were with friends. Our children became well know for our arts programs and had appeared on TV and radio as well as our in house festivals. These other people tried to exploit our kindness but faking homelessness.(including some adults) Many were asked to leave, some parents tried to press charges but the police verified how the kids had presented to us. They were removed and in some cases they were given information on other schools or programs.

Because of the treatment I received I don't care to have contact with the prior members again. Not all of the people were bad. Some were genuine and kind. Some of us had worked on research programs from special status we had as scientists and doctors both in and out of the commune. I though moved countries to go back to where some of my family were and I'd done prior military service. I just didn't need the type of negative memories I got before the problem people left and things got worked out.

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chriscoleman
Dec 31, 2016

This is a very disturbing look at what was once a hippy nudist commune and is now a squatter community that charges people to become "members". What was most disturbing were the accounts of adults who were once children at the commune. They were subjected to adults having "relations" in front of them and living with fleas constantly biting them. No electricity, no running water. Where was children's services??? A large number of the residents interviewed appear to have done too much marijuana or LSD. They are not quite there anymore. Still, this place shouldn't exist, but is so big the city can't get them out. 650 creepy adults, 250 children in desperate of children's services.

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