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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.


Bryan Buckley


Bryan Buckley
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins. See more awards »



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




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Release Date:

21 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Асад See more »

Filming Locations:

Paternoster, South Africa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hungry Man See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Crazy Credits

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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An excellent vignette in the life of a Somali boy- The best of this year's shorts
15 February 2013 | by kevn111See all my reviews

Of the five live action shorts competing at the Oscars this year, Asad is, in my view, the best. Dealing with the lifestyle of a young boy living on the Somali coast, it feels sincere and non- didactic.

The titular character, being too young and small to join the teenage boys in their pirating endeavors, is instead directed to a life as a fisherman, a poor and unappealing profession. He is quick-witted and instantly likable, which is a must in a short film. The macabre in the film is dealt with in such an offhand manner that it easy to overlook the dire circumstances the characters are in. In a scene when Asad is on a fishing trip and discovers a yacht, which was the site of a pirate raid gone wrong, leaving both foreigners and teenagers from his village dead, he is unfazed by the bodies, and is merely irate that the older boys performed so poorly.

Asad is well-made, both thoughtful and enjoyable, and has great music vaguely reminiscent of the score of The Third Man. If you only see one short this year, it should be this one.

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