About this project
Somalia Toso shares the untold stories of a nation historically perceived as one of the world's most dangerous, shedding light on its beauty through the lens of diaspora, art and culture.This documentary webseries and photography collection will uncover Somalia on the ground, Somalia in transition and Somalia moving forward.
This won't be your typical coverage of Somalia -no sir! Instead of focusing on the typical stuff like pirates or famine, we're going to bring you the unbelievable tales of innovative architects, the unconventional movers, and the ambitious creators. Cause this project is all about inspiring, collaborating, and empowering.
Here is how the coverage will unfold.
Part 1 - We're Going Going, Back Back, to SOMALIA. Follow our creator & visionary as she prepares for her first trip home in over 20 years.
Part 2 - The Real Somali Vs. The Media. See what Somali's have to say about Somalia, especially those who've stayed & those who've gone back to rebuild
Part 3 - What Now? What will be next for our creator & those she's encountered on her journey back home.
Despite the obstacles that Somalia has overcome, Somali's are still plagued by medias negative depiction of the nation. Somalia continues to be treated as a blemish that desperately needs to be "saved" or "eradicated". The media describes them in increasingly catastrophic terms: failed state, anarchic, chaotic, dangerous, horrifying inhuman. Those negative realities exist but only as part of a place where innovation, creativity, and culture also thrive.
With the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud and his international engagement, a great deal of press has been coming out of Somalia. We are traveling to a country that has been deemed broken and showing you the positive stories that are actually there, happening as you read this. Change and endless possibility is in the air! The time is now for Somali's to showcase their ingenuity and we want to be there to help them share their stories with the world.
How will your kick-ass pledge be used?
Let's face it, international filmmaking is pretty expensive. Your gracious donations will go towards travel, food, and accommodations for the entire team! That includes a professional film team and a photographer to join us and document the entire experience!
And rest assured, our team are pros at this kind of work!
Risks and challenges
OKAY, so we got a few. When we decided to take on this project, we knew there would be some risks involved...like, getting to and around Somalia. Or how about ensuring all the lovely supporters obtain their Somalia Toso treats? FedEx is known to deliver a package a day or two late ;). Making sure everybody and all of our equipment gets to Somalia safe and sound will be no small task. Yep, the biggest challenges will be to coordinate the project with such a diverse group of folks.
Let's be honest, obstacles are inevitable. BUT, we are prepared and have the "can-do" attitude needed to get things done. Getting around Somalia? No problem, Kafia's Somali and we already have security & drivers in place as soon as we are done kicking' ass with this fundraiser! Shipping you your treats? We got that covered too because we will be in-touch with you every step of the way!
We've said it once and we'll say it again, we have an amazing team, super advisory committee, and fabulous supporters like you that will help us reach our finish line!
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