Western Arabs

Omar Shargawi, Denmark, 2019

77 min.DK/Documentary

An intimate portrait of a Danish-Arabic family through good and bad over a period of 12 years. The father is Palestinian, the mother Danish and their three sons are the result of a cultural encounter which manifested upon the arrival of the first immigrants coming to Denmark in the 1960s and 70s.
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Original title Western Arabs
Danish title Western Arabs
Keywords Immigrants, Family history, Cultural meetings, Denmark, Palestine, Generation differences, 2010-2019
Director Omar Shargawi
Screenplay Thomas Papapetros
Producer Eva Jakobsen, Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin
Director of Photography Omar Shargawi, Aske Alexander Foss
Editor Thomas Papapetros, Omar Shargawi
Sound Ranko Paukovic
Composer Anders Christensen
Appearance Omar Shargawi, Leena Bækdal Jensen, Aiya Bækdal Shargawi, Hassan El Sayed
Production country Denmark, Netherlands
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, DOXBIO
International sales Rise and Shine World Sales
Comment The documentary premiered at the Berlinale 2019 in Panorama. Omar Shargawi debuted as director with the feature fiction film ’Go With Peace Jamil’ (2008), followed by the documentaries ’My Father from Haifa’ (2010) and ’1/2 Revolution’ (2011).
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company
Executive Producer Snowglobe ApS, Baldr Films
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR, The Netherlands Film Fund
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, DOXBIO


Direction Omar Shargawi


Screenplay Thomas Papapetros


Producer Eva Jakobsen
Producer Katrin Pors
Producer Mikkel Jersin
Executive producer Omar Shargawi
Co-producer Frank Hoeve
Co-producer Katja Draaijer
Associate producer Anders V. Christensen
Associate producer Giulia Triolo
Post-production supervisor Anders V. Christensen
Post-production assistant Thomas Irving
Post-production assistant Sebastian Anton Munk
Post-production assistant Martin Munck Schmidt
Producer's assistant Anna Dammegaard Søllested
Producer's assistant Kristoffer Hammer-Jakobsen


Cinematographer Omar Shargawi
Cinematographer Aske Alexander Foss
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Conrad Fields
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Karim El Hakim


Editor Thomas Papapetros
Editor Omar Shargawi


Composer Anders Christensen


Sound designer Ranko Paukovic
Sound mixer Ranko Paukovic
Sound mixer Jacques Pedersen
Sound mixer Reda El-Kheloufi


Appearance Omar Shargawi
Appearance Leena Bækdal Jensen
Appearance Aiya Bækdal Shargawi
Appearance Hassan El Sayed
Appearance Zulay Alamaz El Sayed
Appearance Salah El Koussa
Appearance Janus Nabil Bakrawi
Appearance Mourad Hanna
Appearance Khalid Alssubeihi
Appearance Thomas Bremer
Appearance Dar Salim
Appearance Samir Al-Sobehi
Appearance Salah Ramaha
Appearance Nehmedo Hanafi Mahmoud
Appearance Islam Safiyyudin Mohammed
Appearance Keltoum Chahrour
Appearance Fatima Derra
Appearance Fatma Suzanne Chahrour
Appearance Abir Chahrour
Appearance Diab El Masri
Appearance Hazem Elayan

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Type Source Author Date
Interview Politiken-Fonden Adelborg, Jeppe Korndrup 2019-04-07
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Lindberg, Kristian 2019-04-03
Interview Berlingske Tidende Almbjerg, Iben-Sarah 2019-04-03
Interview Børsen Freije, Layal 2019-03-29
Artikel Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Gram Jensen, Solveig 2019-02-12
Interview Politiken-Fonden Jensen, Erik 2019-02-11
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