Official Trailer for the documentary "Memories of Mogadishu" directed by Asha Siad
For many members of the Somali diaspora, the fear of fading memories places a sense of urgency on them to keep these stories of their homeland alive. This short documentary offers an intimate portrait and unprecedented glimpse into the lives (past and present) of those who have been displaced by almost 30 years of political instability and conflict. Ultimately, this film reveals the realities of how post-conflict societies reconstruct and reconcile their memories of a once cosmopolitan city.
"I left Mogadishu in 1971, and I started writing the book in 1991. It was almost 20 years, and for me it was not difficult to remember everything suddenly.
Things that I had forgot, things that I blocked out, everything came out...and I think it was a strong healing process for me also, it was not about writing a book.
In a way, it is like you are telling yourself you don’t want to lose these memories. You want to see them written, in a way you keep them. And everything came out. It was very easy for me, it was not difficult. I did not have to look for words or images, I could see everything."
- Shirin Ramzanali Fazel (Birmingham, United Kingdom)