Warriors from the North

58 min.DK/Documentary

Abukar, a Somali, lives a life at the very bottom of the Danish society. His son, Mohammed, has joined al-Shabaab in Somalia, perhaps to avoid a life like his father's. Abukar now fears that Mohammed will be the next suicide bomber to carry out his mission, a fear that seems very reasonable, as two out of the seven Danish-Somali men recruited together with Mohammed have already become "martyrs". One carried out a suicide attack at a graduation ceremony for doctors in Mogadishu killing 24. The other attempted an attack at Mogadishu's airport, but failed to kill anyone but himself and two UN soldiers. A fourth young man from this terrorist cell, "The Shadow," got away just in time. "The Shadow" is the narrator of this film.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Krigerne fra Nord
Danish title Krigerne fra Nord
Keywords Al Shabaab, Suicide bombers, Terrorism, Danes, The, Somalia, 2000-2009, 2010-2019, Radicalization
Director Søren Steen Jespersen, Nasib Farah
Producer Helle Faber
Director of Photography Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Editor Steen Johannessen
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Danish,Nederlandsk, se: Hollandsk,English,Finnish
Production company Made in Copenhagen
Domestic distribution Made in Copenhagen
International sales DR International Sales
TV release 12.10.2014, DR 1
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Made in Copenhagen
With support from MEDIA (EU), NRK, SVT, VPRO - Television, Det Danske Filminstitut
In collaboration with DR, Danida
Domestic distribution Made in Copenhagen


Direction Søren Steen Jespersen
Direction Nasib Farah


Script consultant Lars K. Andersen
Story Søren Steen Jespersen


Producer Helle Faber
Production manager Luna Jansen


Cinematographer Henrik Bohn Ipsen


Editor Steen Johannessen

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Best Mid Length Documentary 2015 Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2015

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Reykjavik Film Festival 2015-09-24
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2015-09-18
Helsinki Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2015-09-17
DMZ South Korea 2015-09-17
Zagreb Motovun Film Festival 2015-07-25
Giffoni Film Festival 2015-07-17
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2015-05-09
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2015-04-23
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2015-03-13
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2015-03-02
ZagrebDox 2015-02-23
Amsterdam, IDFA 2014-11-19
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