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Somalis and Films, your thoughts

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Somalis and Films, your thoughts

Postby Somfilms » Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:06 pm

Dear all,

It is obvious that Somalis let alone black people get screen time on TV or movies. When we do, it's usually negative. Whether the media is justified in the stories they tell or if Somalis are to blame for the negative coverage is not the issue here.I would like to know if any of you have been affected by the negative presence or absence of positive Somali/African/black characters as well as idea that all muslims are terrorists. For instance, Barkhad from Captain Philips recently appeared on a television show playing the role of a terrorist. Give me specifics, how does it make you feel?

FYI: I added the term black because some Somalis self-identify as black, and the lack of African characters has forced some people to view themselves as black.

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Re: Somalis and Films, your thoughts

Postby LiquidHYDROGEN » Sat Oct 31, 2015 5:57 am

Hollywood serves to boost the cadaan male ego and project white supremacy over the world. I have stopped watching movies, particularly Hollywood ones. A book is much more rewarding than the schlock served up as cinema.

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Re: Somalis and Films, your thoughts

Postby Prlnce » Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:33 pm

Congratulations to the brother Barkhad. He should take every single role who cares if they type cast him. He's an inspiration for young somali actors that look up to him and say if he can do why can't I. He's a success story that we should celebrate.

I never seen or met Somalis that self-identify as black just because there is a lack of African actors. Somalis don't have that chip on their shoulders. They aren't consumed with race.

Now let us watch....the Somali Liam Neeson


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Re: Somalis and Films, your thoughts

Postby barbarossa » Sat Oct 31, 2015 10:32 pm

Congratulations to the brother Barkhad. He should take every single role who cares if they type cast him. He's an inspiration for young somali actors that look up to him and say if he can do why can't I. He's a success story that we should celebrate.

I never seen or met Somalis that self-identify as black just because there is a lack of African actors. Somalis don't have that chip on their shoulders. They aren't consumed with race.

Now let us watch....the Somali Liam Neeson

Exactly! Struggling actors don't have the luxury to pick and choose what role they will play in a movie. At this stage of their lives, the thing uppermost in their mind, is to first get their feet into the door. More 'dignified' roles will come along later in their career, that is if they prove talented enough to have a second shot at acting.

Many big time Hollywood actors have begun their career by playing minor, often 'demeaning' roles. Morgan Freeman, (arguably one of the most talented actor the movie industry ever produced) do you know what his first major role was? Driving Mrs. Daisy! He played a servile, docile negro chauffeur for a mean, old, aristocratic, slave-owning Mistress, played by the late Jessica Candy. He played his role so flawlessly that it earned him his first Academy Award. Now, Do you think, Morgan Freeman should have declined the role because he deemed it 'stereotypical' of the negro race? Of course not. It is the same with our few Skinny actors. They should never discriminate when it comes what role to play in a movie, be it a gun-toting, emaciated pirate with rotten teeth, doing his thing in the high seas, or even a self-igniting terrorist blowing himself up in crowded market on behalf of ISIS.

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Re: Somalis and Films, your thoughts

Postby Prlnce » Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:47 am

You are right films have never been a medium for equality or getting social statements addressed. It's about getting your foot in door like you said and making money. You do the role that is offered to you or you will unemployed.

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Re: Somalis and Films, your thoughts

Postby Somfilms » Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:11 am

Dear all, thanks for replying, but the question is how do you feel when you do not see yourself on TV or in the movies and when you do, it's always in a negative light. Let's not explain why this is the case. So see below for options.

A. I don't like it, but I don't know if it has had a negative impact on me or how I view myself.
B. I don't really care, I know that Hollywood doesn't care to employ diverse characters in positive, nuanced roles.
C. I hate it, so I stopped watching TV or movies.
D. I hate it, but I don't have anything else to watch.

Now there are talented Somali film directors/actors, so we can produce a film for us and by us, so in that case, which kind of movie would you like to watch? what would it be about?


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