Somalia Screens First Film in 30 Years

Somalia hosted its first movie screening in 30 years on Sept. 22 under tight security.

The National Theater of Somalia in the capital Mogadishu screened two short films — “Hoos” and “Date from Hell” — by Somali Director IBrahim CM, becoming the first time the open-air theater screened a Somali film.

“This is going to be a historic night for the Somali people, it shows how hopes have been revived… after so many years of challenges,” Theater Director Abdikadir Abdi Yusuf told AFP News.

Tickets were $10 each, which was expensive for many.

The theater was home to many cinema halls and also hosted live concerts and plays until a civil war erupted in 1991.

Warlords used the theater as a military and suicide bombers have targeted it, leading the building to deteriorate. After reopening in 2012, Al-Shabaab jihadists blew it up.

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