Uma Jama by Gunnar Xavier

SOMALIA: “A Nation Of Poets” is being hosted by, Calgary Somali Actress Uma Jama and Carya for a YYC Screening


  • We ask Calgary star Uma Jama 8 Questions; What made you want to get involved with helping put this event together?
  • Black History Month is important to Black Canadians. I have gone to many celebration events and it’s always been events organized and hosted by Non Somali Black Canadians. I think it is very important that Somali Canadians get to celebrate this month as it is a month that highlights black accomplishments and contributions to Canadian Society.

2) Tell us 3 things about you?

  • I am one of very few Somali female actors in the world.
  • I have an anxiety disorder
  • My favorite colour is purple.

3) What message would I like to share with my fans?

  • Always be inspired. When you are inspired it lights your soul on fire! It gets you to think creatively and act and do things that you want to do and love to do. By being inspired, you help others become inspired.

4) Black History Month: What does it mean to me?

  • Black History Month is a time to celebrate my Black identity, my African heritage, My Canadian nationality. It’s a month that I am given the opportunity to share with the mainstream communities all of the things that my culture contributes to Canadian Society. Somali Canadians are an important part of Canada and all Canadians need to know that including ourselves.

5) The Film Being Screened: Who/what is it about?

  • SOMALIA: A Nation Of Poets – is a 30-minute documentary that highlights the oral traditions of Somali poetry and its influence. This film will act as a video tool that can be used as a basis for cultural discussions in various communities and classrooms throughout North America and beyond. SOMALIA: A Nation Of Poets features prominent artists from both older and younger generations to demonstrate how this ancient tradition is being nurtured and expressed throughout the Somali diaspora.

6) Being a woman of Somali background, How do you view racism and sexism? How has it affected you at times?

  • Racism and sexism are the ugly parts of our society. People are judged upon the colour of their skin, which race and nationality they belong to, their gender and even sexuality and sexual identity. We live in a dark world, but it is also beautiful.. As a Canadian I am blessed to live in a more diverse and accepting society.We are not perfect but we have come a long way and our rights and freedoms are protected. I am able to express myself and not live in fear. I am a proud Canadian and I am free and happy to express myself as a Somali Canadian.

7) What did it take to make the event come together?

  • I am Collaborating with Carya and the Somali Student’s Association of Mount Royal University. This kind of event has not been done in Calgary before and it is a lot of work to organize and execute but it is very exciting and we are so happy to empower our communities and celebrate our successes.

8) What can we expect from the screening of “Somalia: A Nation of Poets”?

  • Expect to gain knowledge about Somali Poetry and it’s prominence in Somali culture and identity which is spread throughout the entire world.

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About the Film Being Screened:

Ka Joog’s “SOMALIA: A Nation Of Poets” is a 30-minute documentary that highlights the oral traditions of Somali poetry and its influence.                                    SOMALIA: A Nation Of Poets features prominent artists from both older and younger generations to demonstrate how this ancient tradition is being nurtured and expressed throughout the Somali diaspora. They look forward to sharing it with audiences as this is the first Canadian release thus far. SOMALIA: A Nation Of Poets, was produced in collaboration with the Somali Museum of Minnesota and Twin Cities PBS (TPT).

A preview of the film is showing at the event this Saturday, February, 18 6PM-9PM at the John Dutton Theatre! Uma was asked to help raise awareness and bring her community together for this amazing event in Calgary.

http://www.tpt.org/somalia-a-nation-of-poets/


 Meet the Co-Director,  Abdifatah Farah aka “Abdi Phenomenal”

Screening:

Ka Joog’s “SOMALIA: A Nation Of Poets” is a 30-minute documentary that highlights the oral traditions of Somali poetry and its influence. SOMALIA: A Nation Of Poets features prominent artists from both older and younger generations to demonstrate how this ancient tradition is being nurtured and expressed throughout the Somali diaspora. We look forward to sharing it with you as this is the first and only Canadian release thus far. SOMALIA: A Nation Of Poets, was produced in collaboration with the Somali Museum of Minnesota and Twin Cities PBS (TPT).”

PRESS

Website: www.kajoog.org

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