The documentary was awarded the Best International Documentary Feature Jury Award. It was screened at various international festivals, including the international Hofer Film Days, the Nordic Film Days and it was selected by in the Goethe Film Selection.
Noori and Hagen succeed thanks to two very reflective protagonists, who allow a remarkably deep look into their feelings of shame and guilt, the balance between a complex contemporary historical theme and very personal stories.
René Martens, taz.de
The film’s shots are extremely gripping and close. The camera shows scars from fragmentation grenades, brutal shots of violence in Syria, tears of relatives. “The Renegades” is just hard enough to understand the terrifying reality of war and still manages not to be lurid or exaggerated.
Nele Posthausen, WDR COSMO