Starr Forum: Somaliland (Sneak Preview)

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
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