On the day we commenced principal photography our leading actors, Harun Mohammed, 13, and his younger brother, Ali Mohammed, 10, had never been to school. They were completely illiterate.
They came from a family of 15 children who had fled war torn Somalia to South Africa six months earlier. Now they had the daunting task of memorizing 19 pages of dialogue in front of a camera with a director who didn’t know anything but how to say “yes” and “no” in Somali.
And yet, five long shoot days later, we ended up capturing a little bit of these boys’ spirit. And a little bit of a forgotten country’s soul.
I really hope people see some hope in this work. Because I know I do.
-Bryan Buckley, Writer/Director ASAD