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Movie maker out to change Eastleigh image

The Eastleigh neighbourhood in Nairobi is better known for its enterprising merchants, hard-hitting street preachers and crowded shopping bazaars.

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Eastleighwood uses art to fight indoctrination and negative stereotypes

By Sargajan bin Kadii in Nairobi

July 20, 2012

Inspired by the passion of young performance artists, Burhan Iman, 23, sold his business and invested in his vision of providing entertainment to the underserved Somali community in Kenya and fighting negative stereotypes against ethnic Somalis.

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Filim cusub oo Soomaali ah oo Islii lagu soo bandhigay

19 Luulyo 2015 Markii ugu danbaysay ee la cusbooneysiiyay 06:04 SGA 03:04 GMT

Filimkii ugu horreeyey ee Soomaali ay samayso ayna jilayso ayaa xalay lagu soo bandhigay xaafadda Islii ee magaalada Nairobi.

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Somalia: Art Entices Society Against Violence


After almost a quarter of century in chaos, Somalia's hope to revive its art sees new light.AhmedAbdirisak, 22, fled from Mogadishu because of conflicts, he dropped out of school at the age of 19. He dreams to live in Holland. But, now he stares local films of a tiny industry that is just start to be on the rise,'' I want Somalis to watch my contents as they watch other foreign soap operas.''He toldTMC.

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Somali movie industry films love, not war

Love-struck teenagers, angry parents, rowing couples: Somali youth tired of seeing their homeland portrayed as a war-torn famine zone have started making films to show a different side to their country. "The world knows Somalia for war," said Adirahman Ali Suge, a 19-year-old writer and film director, part of a group of refugee Somali film makers in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. "But we have love stories and drama to tell too."

Several films have been made so far along with a few soap operas. They are either in Somali, English or Swahili -- the main language of east Africa -- and net a few thousand dollars in profits at the most.The shoe-string budget films of "Eastleighwood" -- named after Nairobi's bustling Somali district -- is a world away from its namesake Hollywood, India's Bollywood or Nigeria's Nollywood -- Africa's biggest film industry.


A cast member of the Somali film industry christened 'Eastleigwood' at a production studio in Nairobi's Eastleigh suburb.

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