Q's Barbershop

Emil Langballe, Denmark, 2019

60 min.DK/Documentary

Q’s Barbershop is located in the heart of Vollsmose, the largest social housing project in Denmark, and is a popular hangout spot for the young Somalis of the area. The owner, Qasim, is from Somalia himself, and he makes sure that young people in Vollsmose have got style. At Q’s Barbershop, you can get an Usher, a Flat Top, a House Party or a Will Smith with low fade. But you can also get advice about the big issues in life such as love, relationships or education, and Qasim is also happy to help you practise for your Danish test while trimming and styling. No matter if you are an immigrant, a criminal, or a straight-A student, you need a cool haircut. And the majority of Q’s customers do in fact leave the barbershop with renewed energy for whatever challenges the rest of the day – or life in general – might bring.
Basic information Credits
Original title Q's barbershop
Danish title Q's barbershop
Keywords Denmark, Odense, Vollsmose, Young men, Integration, Immigrants, Hairdressers, 2010-2019
Director Emil Langballe
Producer Heidi Kim Andersen
Director of Photography Anders Nydam
Editor Christian Einshøj
Sound Rasmus Winther Jensen
Composer Povl Kristian
Production designer Gustav Pontoppidan
Appearance Qasim Ahmed Nuur, Elias Ahmed Hussein, Abdiaziz Yusuf, Riyad Dommariya
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales Made in Copenhagen ApS
Online release 24.06.2019, Filmcentralen
Comment The documentary premiered at CPH:DOX. Emil Langballe’s graduation film, ’Beach Boy’ (2013), from UK’s National Film and Television School, was honoured at Karlovy Vary, Thessaloniki, Tampere and Toronto Hot Docs. ’The Wait’ (2016) premiered at IDFA.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company
Executive Producer Made in Copenhagen ApS
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR, FilmFyn
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Emil Langballe
Assistant director Nasib Farah
Assistant director Nasib Farah
Consultant Nicole N. Horanyi
Consultant Michael Aaglund
Consultant Rasmus Steensgaard
Consultant Sine Skibsholt
Consultant Sofie Steenberger
Consultant Tommy Oksen
Consultant Steen Johannessen


Producer Heidi Kim Andersen
Production manager Carina Åkerlund
Production coordinator Henriette Kræmer


Cinematographer Anders Nydam
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Camera assistant Benjamin M. Rosenkjær
Camera assistant Lasse Gudmand-Høyer


Still photographer Anders Nydam

Electrical dept.

Best boy Ib Valentin
Electrician assistant Benjamin M. Rosenkjær
Electrician assistant Lasse Gudmand-Høyer


Editor Christian Einshøj
Assistant editor Henriette Kræmer
Trailer editor Mik Stampe


Composer Povl Kristian

Production design

Production designer Gustav Pontoppidan


Sound engineer Rasmus Winther Jensen
Recording engineer Henrik Skov
Foley artist Kasper Janus Rasmussen
Consultant Krister Moltzen


Voice Razi Irawani

Visual effects

Graphic design Gustav Pontoppidan
Online Adam Bendixen
Colourist Lasse Marcussen
Rigger Dennis Bahnson
VFX artist Dan Schou
Animator Anders Brogaard Jepsen
VFX coordinator Rune Søndergaard
Poster artwork Jakob Tolstrup


Appearance Qasim Ahmed Nuur
Appearance Elias Ahmed Hussein
Appearance Abdiaziz Yusuf
Appearance Riyad Dommariya
Appearance Abdirisak Ahmed Mahamud
Appearance Abdi Weli
Appearance Yassin Jama
Appearance Ali Adan Mohamed
Appearance Ahmed M. Hassan
Appearance Abdallah Bangali
Appearance Bangali Jr.
Appearance Mohamud Franko Guled
Appearance Hassan El-khatib
Appearance Abdirizak Maslah Gaanuf
Appearance Yusuf Faysal Ismail
Appearance Mohamed Mahamud
Appearance Abdulqadir Bashir Hussein
Appearance Moustapha Aboulebde
Appearance Osman Ali
Appearance Mohamed Abdi
Appearance Abdifatah Ahmed Jibril
Appearance Bedilu Dagem Engelund
Appearance Axel Matwara
Appearance Abdiasis Elmi
Appearance Aram Selivani
Appearance Faisal Hassan
Appearance Jonas Hassan
Appearance Yaaquub Hussein
Appearance Ibrahim El-haj
Appearance Yasiin Hassan
Appearance Razi Irawani
Appearance Jama Burhan Mohammed
Appearance Sh. Nuur
Appearance Ahmed Mohamed
Appearance Ayuub Hussein
Appearance Said Silva
Appearance Mahamed Mahad
Appearance Ridwan Qasim Ahmed
Appearance Yonis Omar
Appearance Fuad Gumas
Appearance Bihito Moses
Appearance Radwan Ismail
Appearance Sharmake Ahmed
Appearance Mohamed Liban
Appearance Abdulahi Abdikarim
Appearance Shirwa Ahmed
Appearance Abdirahman Mustafa Mohamed
Appearance Abdirahman Yusuf
Appearance Mahad Amakaak
Appearance Cafif Ahmed
Appearance Anas Aweis
Appearance Hamza Abdulkadir
Appearance Elias Four
Appearance Abdirahman Maslah Gaanuf
Appearance Abdi Ismail
Appearance Abdirahman Abdi Fernandinho
Appearance Shirwa Artan
Appearance Jaamac Mohamed
Appearance Ahmed Abdiqadir Mohamud

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