Sons of Denmark

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Denmark | 2019 | 117 minutes | Ulaa Salim

A powerful, stylish spec-fic thriller set in the not-so-far-off year of 2025, portraying the rise of an anti-immigrant, ultra-nationalist political party in Denmark and the underground organization dedicated to stopping it.

"An ambitious, provocative, politically charged thriller from Danish feature-debutant Ulaa Salim."—The Hollywood Reporter

This big, bold thriller could not be more timely—an audacious debut by director Ulaa Salem. Set in the near future and named for the far-right nationalist group at the heart of the film, Sons of Denmark begins with the story of Zakaria, a 19-year-old Danish man of Iraqi parentage who is recruited by a local community activist, Hassan, whose work revolves around the immigrant community during a time of growing anti-Muslim sentiment. Once Zakaria has proven his dedication to the cause, Hassan tasks him with a secret mission: the assassination of an extreme right-wing politician, Martin Nordahl, who is predicted to win the upcoming general election on an aggressively anti-immigrant platform. The film's engagement with the issues of immigration, integration, and assimilation is particular to Denmark, which has some of the most aggressive anti-immigrant policies in Europe, but is also disturbingly relevant to countries around the world. Concerned as much with those who struggle to combat terrorism as with those who perpetrate it, this political thriller pivots around questions of belonging and loyalty: Who are the sons of Denmark?

Justine Barda

Director Biography
Ulaa Salim is a director and screenwriter born 1984 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2017 with the short Faedreland. Sons of Denmark is Salim's feature debut.

Sponsored by The Seattle Times, The Walls Vineyards 

  • Original Language Title: Danmarks Sonner
  • Director: Ulaa Salim
  • Principal Cast: Zaki Youssef, Mohammed Ismail Mohammed, Rasmus Bjerg
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Denmark
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 117 minutes
  • Producer: Daniel Muhlendorph
  • Screenplay: Ulaa Salim
  • Cinematographers: Eddie Klint
  • Editors: Jenna Mangulad
  • Music: Lewand Othman
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Danish, Arabic
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: New Europe Film Sales