We Shall Overcome

Film release poster
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev
Produced by Sisse Graum Jørgensen
Screenplay by
  • Niels Arden Oplev
  • Steen Bille
Music by Jacob Groth
Cinematography Lars Vestergaard
Edited by Søren B. Ebbe
Zentropa Entertainments11
Distributed by Nordisk Film Biografdistribution
Release dates
  • March 24, 2006 (2006-03-24) (Denmark)
Running time
109 minutes
Country Denmark
Language Danish

Drømmen (English: We Shall Overcome) is a Danish film from 2006 based on a true story about a young boy's crusade against a dictatorial headmaster of the "old school".[1] The story opens in the Danish countryside of 1969.[2] Denmark and the rest of the world are changing rapidly but the headmaster hasn't noticed. The young boy spends his summer holidays watching the family's first television, and is influenced by the American Civil Rights movement.[3] Martin Luther King's speeches and dreams of a better life have given the boy courage and desire for rebellion.[4] When the dictatorial headmaster steps over the line during punishing the boy, the boy takes up battle against the headmaster.[5]

The film is directed by Danish screenwriter and film director Niels Arden Oplev and stars Bent Mejding and Anders W. Berthelsen.[6] It won sixteen awards in 2006 and 2007.[7]


Some of the actors of the film:[8]


The film has won sixteen awards in 2006 and 2007.[9]

OrganizationCategoryRecipient(s) and nominee(s)Result
Berlin International Film FestivalCrystal Bear – Best Feature FilmNiels Arden OplevWon
Bodil AwardsBest Supporting ActorBent MejdingWon
Best ActorJanus Dissing RathkeNominated
Best FilmNiels Arden OplevNominated
Best Supporting ActorJens Jørn SpottagNominated
Carrousel international du film de RimouskiCamério – Best ActorJanus Dissing RathkeWon
Camério – Best FilmNiels Arden OplevWon
Chicago International Children's Film FestivalChildren's Jury Award – Live-Action Feature Film or VideoNiels Arden OplevWon
Adult's Jury Award – Live-Action Feature Film or VideoNiels Arden OplevWon 2nd place
Cinekid FestivalCinekid Film AwardNiels Arden OplevWon
Robert AwardBest Costume DesignManon RasmussenWon
Best DirectorNiels Arden OplevWon
Best EditorSøren B. EbbeWon
Best FilmNiels Arden Oplev (director)
Sisse Graum Jørgensen (producer)
Best Screenplay, OriginalNiels Arden Oplev
Steen Bille
Best Supporting ActorBent MejdingWon
Best ActorJanus Dissing RathkeNominated
Best ActressAnne-Grethe Bjarup RiisNominated
Best CinematographyLars VestergaardNominated
Best Make-UpKirsten Zäschke
Suzanne Jansen
Best Original ScoreJacob GrothNominated
Best Production DesignSøren SkjærNominated
Best SoundPeter SchultzNominated
Best Special Effects/LightingMorten Jacobsen
Hans Peter Ludvigsen
Best Supporting ActorAnders W. BerthelsenNominated
Best Supporting ActressSarah Juel WernerNominated
Zlín International Film FestivalAudience Award – Best Feature FilmNiels Arden OplevWon
Don Quixote AwardNiels Arden OplevWon
Golden Slipper – Best Feature Film for YouthNiels Arden OplevWon


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