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Join us on Wednesday 30th October at Kings College London, Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS for a special screening and panel discussion on the Somali experience as part of  Black History Month 2019.

Join us, as we close Black History Month with a special event screening two films on the Somali experience. Guest panellists will discuss the films afterwards through the lens of culture, identity and the meaning of society.

The two films we'll be screening are:

"Qab iyo iil" (Pride and the Grave) produced by Riyo Films and starrring the late Ahmed Hassan Cawke - renowned Somali journalist and icon.

"Mid Baan Nahay" (We are One) produced by Solaris Media, a film commission by the Anti-Tribalism Movement exploring themes of "otherhood" featuring its young people.

#BlackHistoryMonth

You can purchase tickets via our Eventbrite page - please click on the link here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mid-baan-nahay-black-history-month-somali-stories-tickets-76764686243?aff=ebdssbdestsearch to purchase your tickets. T
Somali Week Festival: Final Beats with Mahamed BK, Iskilaaji, Aar Maanta, and Nimco Yasin

About this Event

The 2019 Somali Week Festival will culminate for the first time in the borough where it started: Tower Hamlets in The People’s Palace with music performances from iconic Somali artists from across the generations with the headlining artist Mahamed BK, Hana UK, Dur Dur Band, and the ever-popular Iskilaaji.

Please remember to purchase your ticket at the Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somali-week-festival-final-beats-closing-concert-tickets-73836297353?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

This artistic evening will be a continuation of Kayd’s Share Your Talent platform, this time looking at how humour is used by Somali comics to respond and react to times of global political change, including but not limited to, Brexit, President Trump, the rise of the far right in the West as well as constant political and social change in the Somali Horn. This is an evening about laughing through uncertainty where comics will touch on the impact social media has had on comedy and its tool as social commentary. Headlining comedian Prince Abdi, and comedians Mo Omar, Anisa Farah and Mustafa. Hosted by Somali comedian and poet Abdulrazak Farah.

Somali Image- in conversation with award-winning filmmaker Abdulcadir Ahmed Said

About this Event

The event will be an evening of films and discussion focusing on the evolving narrative of Somali cinema. The night will showcase the work of award-winning Director Abdulcadir Ahmed Said, whose highly acclaimed short film Geedka nolosha, or Tree of Life, has won numerous awards including the Prize of the City of Torino in the Best International Short Film Competition at the Torino International Festival of Young Cinema. The panel will also feature talented UK based director Ali Naaji, Producer Samira Musa, and Producer Umal Birchall.

ABDULCADIR AHMED SAID is a Somali born filmmaker producer, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor. He currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa where he is a lecturer and educator for the Arts & Ubuntu Trust for the (SAAPP) South African Arts Past and Present. He worked as the director of the International Relations Somali Film Agency from 1985 to 1990. He was also the director of Production and Programming for Somali TV from 1983 to 85. His highly acclaimed short film Geedka nolosha, or Tree of Life, has won numerous awards around the world.

We will be screening the following short films: Sea Shell, Fate and Birth, made by the aforementioned filmmakers.

Sea Shell : A woman artist on a beach picks up a beautiful shell. She places it to her ear and listens, she hears the painful story about a young girl’s trauma in the nearby coastal village. She begins to understand the pain of the young girl – the pain caused by the reckless actions of multinational corporations and its impact on the lives of a fishing village. This is a film dedicated to “all the victims of humanity’s lack of conscience”.

Fate is a British Somali short film that explores the state of love, dreams and reality through the eyes of Samira. This dark, romantic work was directed by Ali Naji, DOP Said Fadhaye and produced by Samira Musa. Apart from the writer, the cast and crew are all Somali filmmakers making this one of the first films to be produced almost completely with Somali talent from the UK. A fitting film for a Somali Week Festival.

Birth: The concept of this film originated from the unequal opportunities available to women during their most vulnerable moment: Giving Birth. Three extraordinary women give an account of their experiences, fears and hopes inside the only maternity hospital in Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp. Women and children are an important foundation to healthy communities, however, they continue to die every day from preventable causes.

Diaspora Youth and their Contribution to Somali Culture & Somali Women Today: Public, Private and Political Spaces

About this Event

This evening will begin with a discussion on the Somali diaspora’s contribution and revival of Somali arts and culture.

Chaired by SOAS scholar Dr Yusuf Sheikh Omar, the panel will include celebrated architect Omar Degan and esteemed Textile Designer Hafza Yusuf (Hafza Studio).

Omar Degan is a Somali-Italian Architect, founder, and principal of DO Architecture and Design, an architecture firm based in Mogadishu, specialized in sustainability, emergency architecture and post-conflict reconstruction.

The second part of the evening will feature a discussion focused on what it means to be a Somali woman in globally challenging times, and how Somali women navigate the political, social and cultural notions of womanhood today. Chaired by Human Rights Activist, Campaigner and Psychotherapist Dr. Leyla Hussein, OBE, the panel will include Founder of the Somali Museum of Edmonton (Canada) Naima Haile, leading Social Activist and Educator Hoda Ali, esteemed Textile Designer Hafza Yusuf, Amina-Milgo Mahamoud- founder of NAGAD, chair of Somaliland Alliance against FGM and UCL academic Dr Muna Elmi.

Please remember to purchase your ticket at the Eventbrite link here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/somali-week-festival-panel-somali-youth-culture-somali-women-today-tickets-73830720673?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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