A film by Yasemin Şamdereli

Cast : llham Mohamed, Fatah Ghedi, Waris Dahir

drama / Italy, Germany / original title : SAMIA / Color / status : completed / Somali, English / long feature-film

Based on the Bestseller Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid, inspired by the true story of Samia Yusuf Omar, a young Somali athlete boldly moving towards her future and becoming a symbol in the fight for freedom and women’s rights worldwide.

Samia defies taboos by racing through the streets of Mogadishu, in a society where a woman is not supposed to run. Her passion will one day take her to the Olympic Games.


“Special commendation for exploring the vital issue of refugees with humanity and integrity. Thanks to the beautiful performances by everyone involved.”

World Premiere Jury Statement composed by Asghar Farhadi, Fiona Shaw and Daniel Battsek.

“A beautiful visual flair and a warm, empathetic approach. Boasting fantastic performances, SAMIA is an inspirational portrait of a young athlete who won’t let circumstances stop her from reaching her dreams. And like millions of others escaping nations ravaged by war, she risks her life for the hope of a better future.”

Jason Gutierrez, Programmer at Tribeca Festival


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