Dreaming of Denmark

Michael Graversen, Denmark, 2015

58 min.DK/Documentary

After fleeing his native country of Afghanistan at just 15, Wasiullah has spent his adolescent years in Denmark, relishing in teenage antics but also nervously awaiting acceptance for permanent residency. Denmark provides support for unaccompanied child refugees such as Wasi and his friends, but only til they reach the age of 18. Then they are on their own. Micheal Graverson’s eye-opening film investigates what happens to the many refugee children who disappear from asylum centres year after year, when their application for asylum is rejected. It provides brutally honest depictions of the transience, isolation and frightening uncertainty they face. A crucial piece of modern filmmaking, 'DREAMING OF DENMARK' finally gives an authentic voice to those who desperately need to be heard.
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Original title Drømmen om Danmark
Danish title Drømmen om Danmark
Keywords Asylum applicants, Italy, 2010-2019, Denmark, Asylum centers, Refugees, Illegal Immigrants, Young people, Identity
Director Michael Graversen
Producer Lise Saxtrup
Director of Photography Michael Graversen
Editor Rebekka Jørgensen, Sofie Steenberger
Sound Raoul Brand
Composer Katharina Nuttall, Uno Helmersson
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Danish,English,Italian
Production company Klassefilm, Meta Film
International sales Autlook Filmsales
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company Klassefilm, Meta Film
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR


Direction Michael Graversen
Translator Sahar Asif
Translator Moska Asif


Producer Lise Saxtrup
Producer: development Emilie Lebech Kaae
Line producer Sofie Rørdam
Executive producer Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen
Production assistant Johanne Eliasson
Production assistant Cilie Kragegaard
Post-producton coordinator Jakob Schaumburg


Cinematographer Michael Graversen


Editor Rebekka Jørgensen
Editor Sofie Steenberger
Additional editing Mikael Kloster Ebbesen
Editing supervisor Per K. Kirkegaard
Editing supervisor Anne Fabini


Composer Katharina Nuttall
Composer Uno Helmersson
Additional music Alex Harwood


Sound designer Raoul Brand
Re-recording mixer Jules Woods
Re-recording mixer Raoul Brand
Assistant sound mixer James Drake

Visual effects

Graphic design Rasmus Lange
Online Tobias Grundahl Ottosen
Grading Tobias Grundahl Ottosen

Other credits

Psychologist Mozhdeh Ghasemiyani

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Best Feature Lenght Documentary 2017 Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 2017
Amnesty Award 2016 Giffoni Film Festival 2016
2nd Prize, Best Documentary 2016 Giffoni Film Festival 2016

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 2017-10-27
Malmö, BUFF 2017-03-20
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2016-11-02
Helsinki Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2016-09-15
Giffoni Film Festival 2016-07-15
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2016-03-18
CPH:DOX 2015-11-06
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

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Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Dorte Hygum Soerensen 2015-11-12
Artikel Information Ralf Christensen 2015-11-07
Anmeldelse Information Johanne Ramskov Erichsen 2015-11-05
Varia Politiken-Fonden Hans Henrik Rasmussen 2015-11-05
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