Hyde hosts Somali documentary film project
Published by Lee-Anne Smith for The Hyde Group in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
Housing association, The Hyde Group, was proud to host a screening recently (16 March 2014) of the inspirational documentary ‘Through the Fire’ which highlights the bravery of Somali women.
Over a hundred people, including a large number of Hyde’s Somali community, attended the event at The Hub, a community centre on the Stonebridge estate. It was also screened at two other venues in the London Borough of Brent where there is a large Somali Community.
The film, by Eunice Lau and Arthur Nazaryan, features three incredibly courageous Somali women who have each worked tirelessly for many years to spearhead efforts towards peace and renewal, laying the foundations for health, social and educational infrastructure in their homeland.
The three women are Dr Hawa Abdi (2012 Nobel Peace nominee and founder of Dr Hawa Abdi Foundation); Edna Adan Ismail (former First Lady, Foreign Minister, Légion d'Honneur recipient and founder of University Hospital of Somaliland) and Ilwad Elman (Somalia youth ambassador, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre). The documentary was followed by a panel discussion.
Documentary producer, Sarah Winfield, said: “We’re really pleased to be holding these events in Brent as we received many requests from local groups and NGOs. This is a non-profit initiative and its purpose is to increase the visibility of the foundations and so generate more support.”
Nazir Hafezjee, Hyde’s Head of Housing for North London, said: “We feel privileged to be one of the hosts of this prestigious event. We have a thriving Somali women’s group on Stonebridge estate that we work very closely with, and so we are keen to help add value to their experience as Hyde residents by promoting the event.”
Involved Hyde resident, Samira Mohamoud, who works tirelessly as a Hyde Welfare Reform Champion, is hugely supportive of the project, says: “As a Somali woman I am very proud of what these women have achieved in our country and so I am urging my local community to attend these events and be inspired by their courage.”
Leader of the Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt said: “The role of these women is an inspiring story and I’m delighted that the film will be shown in our borough, giving residents the opportunity to learn more about Somalia and the role of women in Somali culture as that country begins to rebuild and after many years of conflict.”
Ubah Egal, Director of the Camden Somali Cultural Centre and host at the Tricycle Cinema said: “The Somali Cultural Centre is proud of the work done by Somalis back home. This film helps the wider community know what the British Somalis already know: that we have amazing people effecting change against the odds and with little acknowledgement from the international media.”
In addition to the Brent events, the documentary was screened at other venues in London, Cambridge and Bristol. International screenings will be held at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, Sydney Opera House, and many other venues in Europe, Africa, and North America. Funds generated through ticket sales will be donated to the three foundations supported by the project