Somaliwood


Somaliwood

Somaliwood is an informal name for the Somali-language film industry that has developed in the diaspora community of Columbus, Ohio, centered around the Olol Films production company. [cite news|url=http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/life/stories/2007/10/12/2_SOMALI.ART_ART_10-12-07_E2_C885IVR.html?sid=101|title=Director provides information about people of Somalia|publisher=The Columbus Dispatch|date=2007-10-12|accessdate=2008-01-25] , [cite news|url=http://www.hiiraan.com/news2/2006/nov/somalis_try_to_eradicate_%E2%80%98bad_habit%E2%80%99_from_africa_.aspx |title=Somalis Try to Eradicate “Bad Habit” from Africa|publisher=The Columbus Dispatch|date=2006-11-27|accessdate=2008-01-25] , [cite web|url=http://www.ololfilm.com/files/abdisalam_aato.pdf|title=Olol promo material|publisher=Olol Films|date=|accessdate=2008-01-25] Following the model of Bollywood, the name is a portmanteau of the words Somali and Hollywood, the center of the American film industry. As a result of the diaspora following the country’s civil war, Columbus has become home to an estimated 45,000 Somalis. [cite news|url=http://www.hiiraan.com/news2/2006/nov/somalis_try_to_eradicate_%E2%80%98bad_habit%E2%80%99_from_africa_.aspx|title=Somalis Try to Eradicate “Bad Habit” from Africa|publisher=The Columbus Dispatch|date=2006-11-27|accessdate=2008-01-25] The city is also home to a Somali newspaper and radio show [cite news|url=http://www.tanadland.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1198437961&archive=&start_from=&ucat=1&|title=Despite initial lack of encouragement, she now runs radio show, newspaper|publisher=The Columbus Dispatch|date=2007-12-07|accessdate=2008-01-25]

Movies to come out of Somaliwood include the thriller "Xaaskayga Araweelo", "Rajo", the first feature-length Somali-language movie, and "Warmooge", the first Somali animated film. [cite news|url=http://www.hiiraan.com/news2/2007/may/somaliwood_columbus_has_become_a_haven_for_somali_filmmaking.aspx|title=Somaliwood: Columbus Has Become A Haven for Somali Filmmaking|publisher=The Other Paper|date=2007-04-19|accessdate=2008-01-25] Important figures in Columbus Somali filmmaking include director Abdisalam Aato, and local Somali actress Fathiya Saleban. [cite news|url=http://www.hiiraan.com/news2/2007/may/somaliwood_columbus_has_become_a_haven_for_somali_filmmaking.aspx|title=Somaliwood: Columbus Has Become A Haven for Somali Filmmaking|publisher=The Other Paper|date=2007-04-19|accessdate=2008-01-25]

ee also

* Bollywood
* Lollywood
* Hollywood
* Kariwood
* Tollywood
*Cinema of Somalia
*Culture of Somalia
*Somali people
*Somali language
*Somali American

External links

* [http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.channel&ChannelID=73016400 Director Abdisalam Aato’s films on Myspace]
* [http://www.ololfilm.com/ Olol Films Website]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckUZ7ROau8c YouTube trailer for Olol Films’ DARDAARAN]

References


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