Event Details: Starr Forum: Somaliland (Sneak Preview)

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Starr Forum: Somaliland (Sneak Preview)

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Film screening of Somaliland: The Abaarso Story Feature-length documentary about five Somali Muslim students pursuing dreams of education in America. Immediately following the film, there will be discussion and Q&A with the following speakers: Jonathan Starr, Founder, Abaarso School Mubarik Mohamoud, MIT student, Abaarso School Alum Ben Powell, Co-director, Somaliland Harry Lee, Co-director, Somaliland SOMALILAND is a feature-length documentary about hope, perseverance, and the transformative power of education. After a destructive civil war with Somalia, Somaliland declared its independence in 1991 but has remained unrecognized since. In 2009 a young Wall Street executive moved to Somaliland and opened a high school to develop the future leaders of the country. The film follows five of his students as they apply to American schools and universities, with the hopes of their friends, families, school, and country on their shoulders. They are attempting to join the ranks of the first Somali students to attend US schools in over 30 years. Free & open to the public | Refreshments served For more information or accessibility accommodations please contact starrforum@mit.edu.
Jonathan Starr, Mubarik Mohamoud, Ben Powell, Harry Lee
Center for International Studies
Center for International Studies, International Students Office, MIT Libraries, Institute Community and Equity Office
films/movies, humanities/social sciences, global/international, politics/public policy