Asad (2012)

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A coming of age fable of a Somali boy as he struggles to survive in his war-torn land.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harun Mohammed ...
Ibrahim Moallim Hussein ...
Ali Mohammed ...
Abdiwale Mohamed ...
Laban (as Abdiwale Mohmed Mohamed)
Mariya Abdulle ...
Asad's Mother
Najah Abdi Abdullahi ...
Mustafa Olad Dirie ...
Mohamed Abdullahi Abdikher ...
Rebel Leader
Abdi Sidow Farah ...
Sahied Nuur Mahamed ...
Ahmed Dhadane Jimale ...
Hussein Abdi Mohamed ...
Old Man on Street
Isa Mohamed Abdul ...
Man on Truck
Ikram Hassan ...
Asad's Sister
Yasmin Abdi Mohamed ...
Asad's Sister


A coming of age fable of a Somali boy as he struggles to survive in his war-torn land.

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21 April 2012 (USA)  »

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Асад  »

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1.85 : 1
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The cast credits reveal that all of the Somalian actors are refugees. For example: "Asad - Harun Mohammed, Somali refugee since May 2011." See more »


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Looks very nice but I wasn't infatuated with the story.
3 February 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I just got back from seeing the five Oscar-nominated live action shorts and was pleasantly surprised. After seeing a mediocre batch of animated shorts yesterday, I was so happy to see that the live action films are among the very best I've ever seen nominated.

Of the five nominees, "Asad" is my least favorite--though it's still a very nice film and there is a lot to admire. The film is a joint American and South African production that stars a cast of Somali refugees! Talk about a multinational film! "Asad" is set in Somalia, but because the country has no laws or order, the film was made in South Africa. A young boy, Asad, is conflicted. On one hand, he wants to join the older boys who are pirates--attacking ships that come near the coast. But, on the other hand, there is a decent old man who makes his living fishing and encourages Asad to make something of himself. Which path will the boy take? I could tell you where all this goes but it might ruin the film. Suffice to say that it's a sad commentary on the state Somalia is in today...and it ends, inexplicably, on a laugh. Though, in hindsight, I felt a bit uncomfortable with the funny ending following so much carnage. Overall, it's an odd film with wonderful production values but only a mediocre story. The acting, direction and all are very, very professional and nice.

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