Zacharia Jama

MS
Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Xasuuqii means Massacre

Xasuuqii means Massacre is a film reconstructed in fragments. The film is a current work-in-progress about mass graves in Northern Somalia (Somaliland), the search for unanswerable questions, and navigating the trauma involved in the cinematic process. The title itself is a translation about the bombardment of northern Somalia during the civil war.

During ACT studio course, I experimented with a more temporally-fragmented editing style. The resulting cuts aim to create a more appropriate experience that resembles the filmmaker’s memory, confrontations with past ancestral trauma, and the struggle to contextualize events that cannot be understood.

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