‘Tobacco’ is a short film documenting a slice of youth generation. Filmmaker Victor Pakpour found himself in the midst of youth in revolt, during his time in Denmark. The below is his account of what went down, motivating the film.
I had the urge to visit my good buddy in Copenhagen, Denmark and thought it would be fun to bring my super 8 along and document the voyage. Super 8 has such an authentic look and can really capture unique moments because of its light weight and easy accessibility. On May 9th 2014 (the first day of the trip), we were biking around the city and I had about half a roll of super 8 film left to burn. There was a neo nazi demonstration outside a spacious church.
The weather was dark and moody and all I could see were police swarming the neo nazi’s. I’ve never seen anything like this before and wanted to capture every precious moment with the few shots I had left on the super 8.
We heard this loud chanting and from a distance and saw 100 or more people in all black running towards the neo nazi’s. It was looking like it was going to be a fucking riot. The citizens were yelling, beer bottles smashed, and absolute chaos in the streets of Copenhagen. All the police were there to protect the neo nazi’s from the anti nazi’s because it is law in Europe. Tons of fights broke out and the anti nazi’s got there ass kicked by the police. It was devastating I only had a little bit of film left because it was one of the craziest things I’ve ever witnessed.
After seeing this chaos occur I was inspired to make ‘TOBACCO’. I wanted to document a slice of youth generation in Europe. I conducted various interviews with people from Copenhagen and Paris about politics, religion, and life.