Rajada Dalka/Nation’s Hope

Film phase: Production

SYNOPSIS

If doing what you love put your life at risk, would you continue to do it? What if it would also endanger the life of your family and friends? Would you carry on? Or would you quit?

These are the questions the women athletes of Rajada Dalka/Nation’s Hope face every single day as they are met with threats from members of the Al-Shabab militia in Mogadishu. Diving deep inside the Somali National Women’s basketball team’s first season since the civil war, the film follows veteran coach Suad Galow as she shepherds her team of fearless young women, and helps them to overcome the violent threats against them and reclaim their place on the international stage.

Rajada Dalka is a participant in our Diversity Fellows Initiative, supported by The Harnisch Foundation.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Hana Mire is a 27-year-old Somali indie filmmaker based in the United Arab Emirates. She has participated in the New York Film Academy in Abu Dhabi, Chicken & Egg Pictures’ Diversity Fellows Initiative, the Greenhouse Program, and the UnionDocs August Documentary Intensive. Her first mini-doc Silent Art was awarded a prize at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Rajada Dalka is Hana’s first feature length documentary. By telling a story about the love of basketball, Hana hopes to portray Somalia through a different lens than the ones commonly used outside of the country.