A New Beginning

Ala'A Mohsen, Denmark, 2019

80 min.DK/Documentary

Rabiaa arrives from Syria to Norway with his four-year-old son, Qais, where the two of them must start over. Alone in Norway, Rabiaa dreams of rebuilding the sense of family that is so important to him and his son. However, Rabiaa has a wounded leg and can barely walk. He isn't familiar with the Norwegian society and culture and he doesn't speak the language. He has to learn everything anew while being a single father to his son.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title A New Beginning
Danish title A New Beginning
Keywords Norway, Refugees, Syria, Father-son relation, Integration, 2010-2019
Director Ala'A Mohsen
Producer Søren Steen Jespersen
Director of Photography Ala'A Mohsen
Editor Anders Villadsen
Sound Reda El-Kheloufi
Composer Stein Berge Svendsen
Production country Denmark
International sales Larm Film Aps / Ryesgade 106 A / 2100 København Ø / t +45 2092 2314 / ssj@larmfilm.dk / www.larmfilm.dk
Comment The film is Ala'A Mohsen's feature documentary debut. Mohsen is a 2015 graduate from the National Film School of Denmark.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte


Executive Producer Larm Film
Co-production Substans Film
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Det Norske Filminstitut, DR, NRK, Fritt Ord, The Audio and Visual Fund Norway, Sørnorsk Filmsenter, Kristiansand Municipality, Movies on War


Direction Ala'A Mohsen


Producer Søren Steen Jespersen
Co-producer Kristian Mosvold
Production manager Anna Risgaard Dahl
Production manager (Norway) Kjersti Mosvold
Production assistant Sofie Klit


Cinematographer Ala'A Mohsen
Camera assistant Sofie Klit


Editor Anders Villadsen


Composer Stein Berge Svendsen


Sound designer Reda El-Kheloufi

Visual effects

Colourist Adrian Dark
Graphic design Camilla Dingsøyr

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Honorable Mention 2020 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2020

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Shanghai International Film Festival 2020-07-15
München Documentary Festival 2020-05-06
CPH:DOX 2020-03-18
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