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Somalia hosts first public film-screening in 30 years

Somalia has hosted its first public film-screening in 30 years - raising hopes of a cultural revival in the war-ravaged country. Two short films by Somali director Ibrahim C.M. were shown at the National Theatre in the capital Mogadishu, where heavy security was in place.
Somalia hosts first public film screening
Somalia hosts first public film screening

The theatre was built by Chinese engineers as a gift from China's leader Mao Zedong in 1967. It was seen as an important driver for Somalia's cultural development in the 1970s and 80s.

It closed in 1991 at the start of the civil war and was used as a base for warlords fighting over the capital. The theatre fell into disrepair as a result. When it reopened in 2012 - after repairs carried out by the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) - the building was immediately blown up by al-Shabab militants who considered live entertainment and films to be morally corrupt.

Published date : 25 Sep 2021 03:52PM