An Elephant in the Room

An Elephant in the Room

In New Jersey, the Good Grief community focuses on a holistic way of dealing with grief, where children can give in to rage in ‘the volcano room,' and say goodbye to a dying teddy bear patient in ‘the hospital room.'

Over the course of a year, we follow the weekly meetings and get close to Kimmy, Nicky, Peter, Nora, Nolan, and Mikayla and their close companion: grief. It is sometimes heartbreaking, but also humorous, to experience the questions about life and death through their open and curious minds.

Grief is high and heavy as a mountain, but it helps you understand what has happened, and that death is irreversible.

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Katrine Philp




Director: Katrine Philp
Executive Producer: Patricia Drati, Kaspar Astrup Shcröder, Boris Benjamin Bertram
Producer: Katrine A. Sahlstrøm
Cinematographer: Adam Morris Philp
Editor: Signe Rebekka Kaufmann
Sound Designer: Thomas Jæger, Kristoffer Salting
Music: Povl Kristian


Ben Schwartz and Matt Burke (
Public Film Contact
Katrine A. Sahlstrøm
Good Company Pictures
Publicity Contact
Sylvia Desrochers
Sales Agent
Submarine Entertainment/Submarine Deluxe
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: Denmark
Language: English
Runtime: 88 mins