Søren Steen Jespersen og Nasib Farah's documentary "Warriors from the North," about Somali-born Danes going abroad to take part in holy war in the services of the terror movement al-Shabaab, celebrated its North American premiere at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival in Toronto, where it received the Best Mid-Length Documentary Award on Friday.
"We chose this film for the way it skillfully weaves complex story lines from multiple perspectives without losing its visual poetry; ultimately delivering a shocking, immediate and personal film that transcends recent headlines," said the jury's motivation.
The press wrote
"Offers up a rare and intimate account of what exactly drives such youngsters to action, making this Hot Docs premiere a strong contender for fests..." - The Hollywood Reporter
"The film brings the despair, alienation and isolation of Al Shabab’s young Danish-Somali recruits to the screen in a rare expose that provides some difficult answers, but raises inconvenient questions about the West’s role, and what might be done to staunch the flow." - The Toronto Star
"Beautifully shot look into a murkier way of life that finds legs in the underlying realities the story uncovers." - Screen Creek
Read the essay We Have to Learn from the Warriors from the North
"Warriors from the North" had its international premiere at IDFA 2014. The film is produced by Helle Faber for Made in Copenhagen.