Danmarks sønner

Directed by Ulaa Salim
Denmark | 117 min | 2019 | political thriller | Danish, Arabic

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.

Director & Scriptwriter: Ulaa Salim
Cinematography: Eddie Klint
Editing: Jenna Mangulad
Music: Lewand Othman
Production Company: Hyæne Film
Producer: Daniel Mühlendorph

Cast: Mohammed Ismail Mohammed, Zaki Youssef, Rasmus Bjerg

  • Ulaa Salim
    Ulaa Salim

Festivals & Awards
IFF Rotterdam
Gotebörg IFF
Mastercard OFF CAMERA – Main Competition ‘Path Finders’ Cracow Film Award
Riviera International Film Festival – Best Film

press quotes

Taxi Driver who lives in the world of The Departed

hints of Martin Scorsese and Jacques Audiard

Salim taps into a political climate that will feel all too familiar for audiences across Europe

an ambitious film that marks Salim out as a talent to keep an eye on


Ulaa Salim

Danish director Ulaa Salim was born in Denmark in 1987, both parents are originally from Iraq. In his films he uses his personal experience as inspiration. In 2018 Ulaa Salim graduated from The National Film School of Denmark and established Hyæne Film with his producing partnerDaniel Mühlendorph. SONS OF DENMARK is Ulaa Salim’s debut film.

2019 Sons of Denmark (Feature)
2017 Land of our Fathers (Short)
2014 The Pure Heart (Documentary)
2014 Vore Fædres Sønner (Short)
2013 Min Bror (Short)