release date November 07 2021
Life on the Horn Snatches the Golden Tanit at Carthage Film Festival
Short Somali film Life on the Horn by Mo Harawe won the Golden Tanit for Best Short Film at the 32nd Carthage Film Festival (JCC) in Tunisia, which concluded its events Saturday night. Having 3 screenings during the festival, the award was received by the film’s director at the closing ceremony.

The film previously won a Special Jury Mention at the Cinema of Tomorrow Competition of the 42nd Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), where the film landed its Arab world premiere, and a Special Mention at Locarno Festival, where it landed its world premiere.

A co-production of Somalia, Austria and Germany, Life on the Horn sheds light on the issue of the hazardous nuclear waste being released on Somalia’s shores through the story of a young Somali who follows his daily routine in the face of an existential threat coming from the shores.

Life on the Horn features Mo Harawe as the film’s writer, director and Dop, who also co-produced it with Alexander von Piechowski and Deko Adano Ali. It stars Xuseen Abdirisaaq, Maxamed Axmed Maxamed and Faadumo Abshir. MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution across the Arab world.

 Mo Harawe is a Somali director, based in Austria. He kicked off his journey as a director in Austria in 2009. Harawe has joined a number of filmmaking workshops and made five short films that were selected and awarded at several international film festivals. Aside from directing, Mo Harawe is a scriptwriter who wrote several feature-length films including To Mogadishu that won the Dor Film award at the Diagonale in 2016. His new feature film The Village Next to Paradise is now in development.