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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Judy Films
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 50 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2003
Available in French: No

This is the story of a young Somali Canadian couple who along with two other Somali families, refused to agree with the international consensus that their country was a hopeless case which even multilateral humanitarian intervention could not fix. In the face of chaos and devastation, they created HornAfrik, the first independent TV and radio station in war-torn Mogadishu. Their vision crosses inter-racial and inter-religious divisions and they hope to forge a path to peace through freedom of expression, impartial news and debate. The station has been attacked by warlords who control this lawless city through their guns, and through the propaganda and hatred broadcast on their own radio stations. HornAfrik's talk shows are now incredibly popular because they have become a unique way for the voiceless thousands, trying to survive the brutal rule of the warlords, to speak out without being silenced. This documentary is a much needed blueprint for the media's role in conflict resolution and peace. --- NOTE: We dedicate this film to the memory of Ali Iman Sharmarke, one of the founders of HornAfrik. He was assassinated in Somalia on August 11/2007. --- “May his vision live on.” - producer Judy Jackson