On 6 May 2017, the documentary film “The Man Who Stole Himself: Hans Jonathan” was broadcast on Icelandic State Television (RÚV), featuring scenes and interviews with CitiGen researcher Gísli Pálsson.
The documentary was produced in cooperation with Bryndís Kristjánsdóttir and Valdimar Leifsson, and was shown in English and Icelandic. The programme follows the life of Hans Jonathan, who was born into slavery in the Danish West Indies in 1784, and ended his life a free man in Iceland. Today, there are several hundred direct descendants of Hans Jonathan living in Iceland and abroad.
A biography of Hans Jonathan’s life, written by Gísli Pálsson, was released in Icelandic in 2014 under the title Hans Jónatan – Maðurinn sem stal sjálfum sér. An English translation, published by Chicago University Press, appeared in 2016 under the title The Man Who Stole Himself.