Diaspora Multimedia Hub Showcase 15

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This film was last shown on 11 December 2021

Are you interested in the work of local first-time filmmakers, and the stories they have to tell about our city and the people that live in it?

Join us for a showcase of short films that explore themes of belonging, migration, health, community, and healing. This screening is free, but we recommend booking tickets in advance.

These films have been made across the last 3 editions of the Diaspora Multimedia Hub’s Summer Film School, a collaborative initiative that supports Sheffield’s diasporic communities to create, author and tell their own stories through film – stories which are largely misrepresented or ignored.

We are very excited that the creators of these films will be joining us for a Q&A alongside the screening.

This screening is hosted in collaboration with Sheffield DocFest and supported by the Wellcome Trust as part of the DocFest Exchange.

The Diaspora Multimedia Hub (DMH) is a creative collaboration between ISRAAC Community Centre, Eryal TV and Sheffield Hallam University.

Please note: three of the films (Liminal, Lloyd's Story and Nero) contain heavy themes. These themes include displacement, domestic violence, miscarriage, racism and trauma.

Programme includes:


Aisha Ibrahim, Janet Nur, Safiya Nur, Zeinab Nur / 2020 / 2’

The first film produced by DMH film school participants in 2019. A spoken word piece performed by Sile Sibanda. Melanin takes viewers on an intimate journey through the concepts of inheritance, ancestry, culture and beauty.

Lloyd’s Story

Fahmie Sabran, Mohammed Ibrahim, Osei Gyansah, Sami Baghdadi and Yousuf Idris / 2020 / 9’

A short film about hope, resilience and men's mental health. Lloyd Samuels, Strategic Lead for Sheffield Youth, Neighbourhoods & Communities and BBC Sheffield radio presenter, explores finding a way through the childhood trauma he experienced as a result of racial oppression, family tragedy and gang exploitation.

Victoria Street

Asma Kabadeh and Aaron Hopper / 2020 / 3’

A spoken word film performed by Warda Yassin, Sheffield’s poet laureate. Victoria Street explores community and growing up in Broomhall.


Marina Schirone / 2021 / 15’

Displacement is a multi-faceted colourful kaleidoscope, everchanging in the eyes of those who look at it. Like our identities, when scattered through the journey of life, tainted by prejudice, ignorance, stigma. This is Stephen Ogbonna’s journey, one of the many he had to embark into, navigating the dark and turbulent waters of race and identity, trying to come to terms with who he was and who is becoming, making sense of the gap between the two halves of a man, to finally find his place in the world.


Salma Lynch, Darshan Gajjar / 2020 / 3’

A poetry film made up of the poet's core memories. Memories (if extracted) would leave them a different person. Themes of being an outsider, inner conflict and multiple consciousnesses' are at the heart of this work.

Kumaad Tahay? (Who Are You?)

Sofia Deria / 2020 / 1’

This project introduces Sarah, a twenty-five year old Northerner, digging through her catalogue of memories. In this scene, we are guided through a journey of womanhood and acceptance, as she eloquently retells a lesson learnt from her mother.


Anisa Nuh-Ali / 2020 / 2’

An insight into the lives of a Somali woman, living and working in Spital Hill, Sheffield. This short captures and explores oral histories, migration and community through care.


Najma Heybe / 2021 / 4’

A spoken word film performed by Najma Hebe that explores her feeling of calm in nature. A walk to reflect and reconnect with herself and make sense of what’s going on around her in the wider world in the face of climate change.

The Major Pivot

Asli Ali / 2021 / 11’

This documentary follows chef Jay Park’s difficult decision not to follow in his father’s footsteps and to make his own future.

Dur Dur

Mohamed Ali / 2021 / 7’

Above a grocer’s shop, a few people came together to create a space for young Somalis to learn, grow and share a place to belong. This film explores the impact of a homework club based in Burngreave in the early 2000s and the importance of community-led initiatives.

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