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Rain in a Dry Land

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Tale of two remarkable families, refugees from the 1991civil war in Somalia, who find new homes in urban America. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace captures the poetry, the humor, and the astonishing resilience of these new Americans as they show us our world through new eyes.
Online
2017; 2006
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Captain Phillips

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Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, which was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
DVD
2014
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Somalia

Somalia is a war torn country in the Horn of Africa contested by feuding warlords and the center of pirate activity in the Arabia Sea.
Online
2014; 2013
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Desert Flower

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Inspired by the life of Waris Dirie, including how she escaped from an arranged marriage at the age of thirteen and embarked upon a two-hundred-mile journey across the desert of Somalia in an adventure that eventually led her into a modeling career.
DVD
2011; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Afghanistan, Palestine, Somalia [electronic resource]: Wars

For eighty-year-old Uri, Israel's 1948 War of Independence has brought nothing but glory. He's considered a legend in his hometown on the volatile Israel/Lebanon border, and young recruits hang on his every word. By contrast, Qahir's prospects for a fulfilling life look dim. Although he lost his legs to a Kabul landmine, he works so that his brothers can attend school, but has given up hope of starting a family of his own. And in Somalia, Madguud has watched warfare ravish his country physically and emotionally - the place where he grew up is now described as "the city of the walking dead." This documentary explores the impact of war on daily life through the insights and experiences of these three men, whose countries have endured some of the longest conflicts in history.
Online
2010; 2012
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Ambush in Mogadishu

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FRONTLINE investigates a peacekeeping mission gone wrong and a deadly ambush still haunting U.S. military and foreign policy.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Somalia: Un Mundo Aparte

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Somalia, a world apart, tells the story of this nation without a State through the crossed lives of some of its citizens. A war surgeon, a khat drug dealer or the patron of a pirate port, ordinary Somalis will explained how war and its violence has marked their lives forever. Since July 2006, when the Islamic Courts snatched power in Mogadishu to the Lords of War, the conflict has not stopped changing and evolving every single month. The support of Ethiopia to the transition government and the invasion by the African Union Army in the country has created a new twist where islamists have much to say, as they keep on fighting and having the support of many Somalis who survive thanks to the arm-trafficking, or those who keep fond memories of the almost six months of stability they broug [...]
Online
2007
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Somalia: A World Apart

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Somalia, a world apart, tells the story of this nation without a State through the crossed lives of some of its citizens. A war surgeon, a khat drug dealer or the patron of a pirate port, ordinary Somalis will explained how war and its violence has marked their lives forever. Since July 2006, when the Islamic Courts snatched power in Mogadishu to the Lords of War, the conflict has not stopped changing and evolving every single month. The support of Ethiopia to the transition government and the invasion by the African Union Army in the country has created a new twist where islamists have much to say, as they keep on fighting and having the support of many Somalis who survive thanks to the arm-trafficking, or those who keep fond memories of the almost six months of stability they broug [...]
Online
2007
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Rain in a Dry Land

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Tale of two remarkable families, refugees from the 1991civil war in Somalia, who find new homes in urban America. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Anne Makepeace captures the poetry, the humor, and the astonishing resilience of these new Americans as they show us our world through new eyes.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Angel Returns

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This colorfully photographed films is set in Somalia, where the tradition of female circumcision is firmly entrenched. Isnino Ahmed Musso, a determined and articulate woman, wants change. More than most other films on this subject, this shows clearly what problems a reformer faces. Circumcision is a tradition of family honor, a marketable commodity for dowries, a religious rite, a means to control women s sexuality, and what is often not expressed, a livelihood for the many women who perform this ritual. Circumcisers are viewed with respect and paid for their services. They lobby fiercely against its abolition. Isnino uses all methods at her disposal to change the mindset of her people, including radio debates, which is an effective way to reach an illiterate population. But often, a [...]
Online
2003
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Somalia: The Neglected Civil War

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Independent since 1960, Somalia has seen virtually constant political upheaval. Chaos still reigns in the capital, Mogadishu, and throughout Somalia. Some eighty percent of the nation is under the power of guerrillas and local warlords. Taking advantage of the chaos, Islamic fundamentalist groups such as al Qaeda frequently infiltrate. Suspected to be the main financial source for al Qaeda, all assets in the al Barakaat bank, the country's main bank, were frozen and remittances from workers abroad to their families at home were stopped, which aggravated the confusion and deepened poverty in the nation. Finally, Somalia has become a target in the post-Afghanistan "war" against terrorism.
Online
2002
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Ambush in Mogadishu

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Frontline investigates what went wrong with the peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu. On Oct. 3, 1993, elite units of the U.S. Army's Rangers and Delta Force were pinned down on the streets of Mogadishu by forces of Somali warlord, Mohammed Farah Aidid. Eighteen American soldiers died and seventy-five were wounded. The incident caused the U.S. to rethink its response to the world's humanitarian crises.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Somalia [electronic resource]: Road Warriors

Welcome to Bermuda, an enclave in South Mogadishu where, they say, those who go in never come back. Every street leads into enemy territory, and fighters never sleep for fear of attack. It's a place that most journalists simply don't visit. This documentary goes deep inside Somalia's most dangerous areas for a close look at the anarchy that followed the failed U.S. intervention there, and the role of the Islamic court in trying to restore order. Riding alongside a charismatic and youthful militia group as they zealously carry out the orders of their new master, the film also examines the appeal of radical Sharia.
Online
1995
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Somalia [electronic resource]

Featuring American journalist and NPR and PBS foreign correspondent, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, this classic program examines human rights in the African nation of Somalia.
Online
1993