Mogadishu Soldier


The war of the terrorist group Al-Shabaab, affiliated to Al-Qaeda, against the Somalian government, has been going on for over 10 years. Under the UN flag, the African Union is promoting a mission to re-establish peace involving soldiers from Uganda and Burundi. The fight against Al-Shabaab takes places on the streets of Mogadiscio, the country’s capital.

Norwegian filmmaker Torstein Grude gives a camera to two soldiers of the African Union with instructions to film everything they think is important. The result are 523 video tapes showing the banality of war from a unique point of view and offering a harsh look at the chaotic violence suffered by the two million people living in Mogadiscio.


Torstein Grude is a Norwegian film writer, director, cinematographer, creative producer, co-producer and executive producer. His films are most often political and philosophical and deal with human rights or gender related issues as well as spiritual and cognitive liberties. His films have received around 200 awards and honourable mentions, and additionally many nominations including Oscar, Emmy and European Academy Awards.

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Mogadishu Soldier

Torstein Grude

Norway, Demark, Finland (2016)



Language: Somali, Swahili, English, French