Sons of Denmark

Directed by Ulaa Salim
New Europe Film Sales
2019
117 Minutes
Denmark
Danish, Arabic
Thriller
Not Rated
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Denmark 2025. One year after a major bomb attack in Copenhagen radicalisation around the country has intensified and ethnic tensions are running high. The next parliamentary election is near, and the extremely nationalist political leader Martin Nordahl is set for a landslide victory. 19-year old Zakaria gets involved in a radical organisation, where he forms a bond with Ali. The two men cannot agree with the current state of the country, which is turning on its own citizens because of their migration background, and decide to act. However, they are both just tools in the hands of people with power. As the men try to make their mark, their brotherhood will be tested and their actions will have grave consequences on their lives.

  • Highest Rating
    "Danish film-maker Ulaa Salim's provocative debut tackles the rise of the far right with more righteous passion than many similar films this year."
    Simran Hans, Observer
  • Highest Rating
    "[A]n ambitious, provocative, politically charged thriller from Danish feature-debutant Ulaa Salim."
    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "In many respects, the film serves as a cautionary tale -- not of a dark future, but of a time that's already upon us, which makes Salim's debut feature all the more terrifying and affecting."
    Brent Hankins, The Lamplight Review
  • Highest Rating
    "Ulaa Salim refuses to pull any punches, keeping the issues intense and horrific without pushing them over the top."
    Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall

Awards & Recognition

Winner
Best Director
Seattle Int'l. Film Festival
Winner
Best Picture
Riviera Int'l. Film Festival
Winner
FIPRESCI Prize
Cairo Int'l. Film Festival
Nominated
Audience Award
Rotterdam Int'l. Film Festival