Memories of Mogadishu Documentary Film by Somali-Canadian filmmaker Asha Siad


“Mogadishu is a place that leaves a mark on anyone who was born or raised there”.

By taking place inside of a photo studio, this short documentary film offers an intimate portrait and unprecedented glimpse into the lives of those who have been forcibly displaced by conflict. Ultimately, this film reveals the realities of how post-conflict societies reconstruct and reconcile their memories of Mogadishu.

How do Somali diaspora remember or reimagine this once cosmopolitan city? 

“Mogadishu is a city that exists in the stories of its inhabitants, now displaced in various parts of the world, and only thanks to their memories can it be reconstructed.” – Shirin Ramzanali Fazel, Far from Mogadishu 

The documentary was directed by Somali-Canadian filmmaker Asha Siad, whose recent credits include the Amnesty International Canada Media Award winner Living at the Border, an interactive documentary that explores the experiences of African asylum-seekers in Italy and the National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning short film 19 Days, a documentary that follows several refugee families during their first 19 Days in Canada.

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On behalf of the Memories of Mogadishu initiative, we are pleased to share our latest project, the Memories of Mogadishu short documentary film.  

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