ABOUT THE FILM
Shaash (2018) is a short film about a young couple Halima and Ahmed who meet online and fall in love with each other. During the relationship they decide to peruse marriage. There's a twist, when Halima makes a surprising discovery and finds out that the people you love are not always who you think they are.
Shaash is the graduation short film of screenwriter and director Iasha Mohammed. She was inspired by the change she herself wanted to see in Somali representation; in Shaash, she tackles themes of culture, heritage and woman’s place in society. Movies about the Somali too often settle for stories of war and terrorism, but Iasha wants to open a new chapter to shed light on common conflicts of everyday life.
We already have a great story, brilliant director, great cast and crew… But as we are a student production, what we have in passion we lack in funding. Your help could make this film reach its full potential. By donating, you will be part of making overlooked voices heard. With little bit of help, we can take the production value higher and Iasha’s vision further like it deserves; make less compromises; cover submission fees to film festivals; feed our starving artist; and most importantly, to not have to rob a bank.
Shaash will be screened at BFI Southbank and made available online for all of our backers to enjoy.
WHAT WILL WE USE THE MONEY FOR?
All money donated will be used for the production in highest possible standards, weather we reach the goal or not. We need budget for;
- Catering and covering expenses for our cast and crew.
- Art direction: props, costumes, and everything else that can be seen within the frame.
- Location fee.
- License for music we want to use on the soundtrack.
- Film festival submissions fees and distribution; after its premiere, Shaash will not hid away, but we want to share it with the world!
Iasha Mohammed, director and screenwriter
Iasha is London born filmmaker and who has lived there for most of her life, now graduating from London South Bank University. She is of Somali origin, and with diverse interests and experiences. She has always had a great interest in film but growing up she never had a director of her origin to look up to. Starting with Shaash she wants to change the way Somalis are being misrepresented in the media. Iasha has a worked on a number of short films and music videos, and her ‘Trust in Me’ music video got nominated for a Adobe Youth Voices award in 2015.
Mimosa Jaskari, producer
Mimosa is a young producer originally from Finland, currently doing her film studies degree in King's College London. She is passionate about both theoretical film studies and getting hands on experience on practical filmmaking, and she was one of the producers of the first two seasons of webseries Project Green Gables.
Petronella Risita Achieng, Assistant Director
Petronella is 21 years old and originally from Kenya but have lived in seven different countries, so she likes to think of herself as a global citizen (who speaks four different languages). She has a deep love for film, film photography and aesthetics. She is captured by a distinguished look that is unique and appealing. That said, she is very happy to be a part of this production as the assistant director and working with a fantastic crew.
You'll learn more about the rest of us and our cast shortly!
Thank you for your interest, and please share away!