Filmen om de unge vestlige somaliere, der tager til Somalia for at slutte sig til den islamistiske gruppe Al-Shabab, har netop vundet prisen for bedste dokumentarfilm i "mid-length competition" på Canadas vigtigste dokumentarfilmfestival. Juryens begrundelse lyder sådan her: “We chose this film for the way it skillfully weaves complex story lines from multiple perspectives without losing its visual poetry; ultimately delivering a shocking, immediate and personal film that transcends recent headlines.”
Også den canadiske og amerikanske presse har taget rigtig godt i mod Warriors from the North, som er filmens engelske titel.
Hollywood Reporter skriver i sin anmeldelse:
"Offers up a rare and intimate account of what exactly drives such youngsters to action, making this Hot Docs premiere a strong contender for fests..."
"Extremism and fundamentalism that curdles into terrorism is often simplified by sensationalist media coverage, but the issue is one of deep complexity. And making its North American premiere today at the Hot Docs Film Festival, "Warriors Of The North" dives into the issue."
The Toronto Star skriver:
"The film brings the despair, alienation and isolation of Al Shabab’s young Danish-Somali recruits to the screen in a rare expose that provides some difficult answers, but raises inconvenient questions about the West’s role, and what might be done to staunch the flow."
Også Screen Creek roser filmen og fremhæver udover instruktørerne både komponisten og fotografen:
"Directors Nasib Farah and Soren Steen Jespersen manage to hone in on the humanity in this story, which continually pulls you back in. Minimal and tasteful reenactments are beautifully shot along with real world footage under the watchful eye of cinematographer Henrik Bohn Opsen, pushing the viewers involvement visually. This is all aided by the minimal but wonderfully atmospheric soundtrack composed by Morten Svenstrup"
"Beautifully shot look into a murkier way of life that finds legs in the underlying realities the story uncovers."