Dreaming in Somali

Directed by Betsy Kalin



"Dreaming in Somali" is a timely exploration of the Somali-American experience through the eyes of four residents of the Twin Cities – a police officer, a union leader, a nonprofit director, and an imam and teacher.

With roughly 60,000 Somalis in a population of 700,000, Somalis have made a place for themselves in this progressive Midwestern state. Somali refugees started arriving in Minnesota in the early 1990s and have developed into the largest Somali community in the U.S. After decades in the U.S., our subjects encounter new obstacles to their integration by virtue of being immigrants who are Black and Muslim at a time when racism, Islamophobia, fear of terrorism, police violence, and community fractures have intensified.

"Dreaming in Somali" reveals the complex issues New Americans across the nation are facing where changing demographics often engender fear and foster misconceptions about refugees, immigrants and Muslims.

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