Once again, the Danish director duo Nasib Farah and Søren Steen Jespersen, turn their focus on radical Somailans, with the heartwrenching film ‘Lost Warrior’ about a young, Somalian man’s dark past that now casts shadows on the love he has finally found. Caught in both in the global politics of the day and his own culture, where the demands to maintain traditional and religious patterns is not at all consistent with being a young person in a modern world. The film had world premiere on March 18 at CPH:DOX.
What triggered your inspiration to make the documentary?
SØREN: It was an extension of our first film, Warriors from the North, also about radicalization. Realizing that this topic is endlessly complex and that it is being over-simplified among politicians and media, I felt this was an important issue.
How would you describe the work process when shooting the film?
SØREN: We have worked under difficult circumstances in Mogadishu. The security situation is tense and our main character is sort of underground. And in London we needed a very subtle approach in Fathis house. Henrik Ipsen shot the footage in Mogadishu and Nairobi and Anita Mathal Hopland shot everything in London. We have had the most incredible and talented team and everyone has contributed. For me the most interesting moment was when Mohammed and Fathi met and he saw his son for the first time. That moment represents a universal feeling that we can all relate to.
Your film is one of 12 films nominated in CPH:DOXs main competition Dox:Award 2018, what are your thoughts and expectations about that?
SØREN: I am very proud to have the film in the competition but I have no expectations of winning. We will see how it goes.
Tue. 20/03, 12:00, Dagmar, Tickets
Wed. 21/03, 18:30, Nørrebrohallen, Tickets
Fri. 23/03, 21:30, Palads, Tickets