Omar Shargawi, 77 min
A personal tale of growing up between two cultures, stylishly told in the grand Sergio Leone format.
The Danish-Palestinian filmmaker Omar Shargawi shook up Danish cinema when he made his debut with 'Go With Peace, Jamil'. A raw and realistic gangster film from the underworld of Copenhagen's Nørrebro district, which nobody had seen on the big screen before. But also a film that could not have been made without Shargawi's personal experience and background. In 'Western Arabs', he points the camera at himself and his family. Shot over 12 years with intimate access to both the love and the conflicts of a Danish-Arab family. Too Arab to be Danish, and too Danish to be Arab. Shargawi's own doubts are also his strength in a courageous and cinematic film about growing up between two cultures. 'Western Arabs' is a personal story, but it is one you can mirror yourself in, no matter who you are or where you feel you come from. Shot stylishly in a grand Sergio Leone format, with a mix of small-gauge celluloid and HD. Both Shargawi and his film can fill every cinema screen to the very edges.