Aleel (Sea Shell)

Abdulcadir Ahmed Said is an acclaimed Somali film director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, and film and sound editor. He is the director of the African Cinema Centre, and senior adviser of the board of the Pan African Federation of Film Makers (FEPACI).

The international film community first recognized him in 1987 for his award-winning film “Geedka nolosha” (Tree of Life). He revisits the theme of human relationships to nature in “Aleel La Conchiglia” (Sea Shell), in which a young artist hears in a sea shell the voice of a young girl and tells her village story.

Said will be in Minneapolis to work with a group of Somali youth, who, with Minnesota Television Network, are making short films in celebration of the re-installation of the MIA’s African Art Galleries.

The student films will be screened in the museum on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2 p.m.