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by Nasib Farah, Søren Steen Jespersen


Mohammed was just three years old when he was sent away from Somalia without his parents to a better life in England. As a teenager in London he got involved in crime and ended up in prison where he became radicalised. As a 19-year-old he was extradited to Somalia, where he landed straight in the arms of the terrorist organisation Al-Shabab. But when Mohammed finds out that Al-Shabab is not a liberation movement, but kills innocent people, he decides to flee. As a 23-year old he is living undercover in Mogadishu in the hopes of hiding from Al-Shabab. Here, he meets Fathi who was born in London, but sent to Somalia to be 'reeducated'. They get married and when Fathi returns home to London she is pregnant with their child. 'Lost Warrior' follows the young couple's attempt to be united as a family and to create a future for themselves and their son, Yassir. But Fathi and Mohammed are caught in the global politics of the day. Where to go? And what are his options now? They are also caught in their 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.

international title: Lost Warrior
original title: Den fortabte kriger
country: Denmark, Somalia, Kenya, United Kingdom
sales agent: DR TV International Sales
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Nasib Farah, Søren Steen Jespersen
film run: 81'
cinematography by: Henrik Ipsen
film editing: Steen Johannessen
producer: Helle Faber
co-producer: Fredrik Lange
line producer: Yusuf Muse Gure, Zippy Kimundu
production: Made in Copenhagen
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