Mo Harawe’s project is entitled “Sehnsucht und Ungewissheit” [engl. “Longing and Uncertainty”] and is a portrait of a very specific place in Vienna, the Austrian Somali Culture and Sport Association, the largest association of people from Somalia who live in Austria. The building housing the association fell victim to an arson attack not to long ago, which is was assumed to be motivated by racism, that destroyed the entire space. With film and photography Harawe intends to document the effects this had on the community, the history, the people, and the rebuilding of this space, including its highly important cultural and political significance. In the end, a final exhibition in the space itself will present the project. The artistic merit, the sensitive way of dealing with the topic, and the clear structure convinced the jury. (Jury statement)
Mo Harawe is a Somalian Filmmaker born in Mogadishu. He discovered his passion for the cinema through an art school in Somalia, where he went to as a teenager. Since 2009 Mo Harawe has been in Austria and living in Vienna where his journey as a filmmaker begann. He attended numerous film workshops and realised five short films which have been shown at international film festivals and won awards.
Besides that Mo Harawe works as a screenwriter and has written several scripts for feature films. His feature film script „To Mogadishu” which he developed at the DIVERSE GESCHICHTEN SCRIPT LAB has won the DOR FILM award at the Diagonale Film festival in 2016. In 2019 Muhamed Harawe won the BKA Startstipendium for his new feature film “The village next to Paradise” that he is now developing.