Abukar, a Somali, lives a life at the very bottom of the Danish society. His son, Mohammed, has joined al-Shabaab in Somalia, perhaps to avoid a life like his father's. Abukar now fears that Mohammed will be the next suicide bomber to carry out his mission, a fear that seems very reasonable, as two out of the seven Danish-Somali men recruited together with Mohammed have already become "martyrs". One carried out a suicide attack at a graduation ceremony for doctors in Mogadishu killing 24. The other attempted an attack at Mogadishu's airport, but failed to kill anyone but himself and two UN soldiers. A fourth young man from this terrorist cell, "The Shadow," got away just in time. "The Shadow" is the narrator of this film.
Søren Steen Jespersen graduated from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in 1993 and has since worked as producer and for television. Nasib Farah made My Cousin the Pirate (2010) with Christian Sønderby Jepsen. Warriors from the North is Jespersen and Farah’s debut as documentary film directors.