Talk Mogadishu: Media under Fire
(50 minutes) Canada/Somalia/USA
Director/Producer: Judy Jackson
A decade after the disastrous U.S. humanitarian intervention in Somalia, HornAfrik, the first independent TV and radio station in war-ravaged Mogadishu, was established by three brave Somali-Canadians in the face of chaos and devastation. Their vision was to forge a path to peace through freedom of expression, impartial news and debate. The station's talk shows have become incredibly popular, providing a unique way for Mogadishu's marginalized residents, including women's groups and human rights advocates, to speak out without being silenced. It is a venture not without danger; HornAfrik has been attacked more than once by angry warlords displeased with the station's content. Despite the perils, the founders of HornAfrik continue their broadcasts, creating a blueprint for the role of the media in times of conflict.
Talk Mogadishu was written, directed and produced by Judy Jackson, a veteran independent filmmaker whose previous documentaries include Baby Business, The Toughest Job in the World: Louise Arbour and the War Crimes Tribunal, A Moment in Time: The United Colours of Bronstein and It Takes A Child: Craig Kielburger’s Story – A Journey into Child Labour. The film was produced in association with VisionTV.
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