ABOUT THE FILM:
There Is My Home features Hawa Ibrahim and Batula Ismail, two women trying to support their families as farmers in Maine. Born and raised in the Jubba River Valley of Somalia, both learned to farm at a young age from their parents. When civil war broke out in 1991, their villages were repeatedly raided for food. Thousands of friends, family and fellow villagers were brutally killed. Hawa and Batula fled and eventually reached safety in refugee camps in Kenya. In 2004, they were resettled in Dallas and Baltimore respectively. But they struggled to adapt to city life. In 2004 they learned of a place called Lewiston, Maine — a small northern city close to farmland. That's where this story begins.

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Maine Community Films Series
Tune in for Television Broadcast Premiere:
Thursday, June 30, 8:30 PM on Maine Public Broadcasting with an encore presentation
Saturday, July 2, 11 AM
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GET INVOLVED:

° Sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm Share
Receive produce throughout the growing season from the farmers of Fresh Start Farms
° Visit a Farmers' Market
Buy veggies directly from a Fresh Start Farms farmer. Click here for locations and schedule.
° Make a donation to Cultivating Community
° Volunteer at a Cultivating Community farm

LEARN MORE:

° Somali Bantu Community of Maine
° Fresh Start Farms
° New American Sustainable Agriculture Program
° Maay Maay Language Expressions
° Somali Bantu Youth Association - Cultural Events
° United Somali Women of Maine - Resettlement & Education Services


SOMALI & SOMALI BANTU IN THE NEWS:

° Lewiston's Somali Community turns Ten (August 5, 2010)
Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks revisits Lewiston’s Somali refugee community ten years after the arrival of the first immigrants.
° CBS News story about Somali Community in Lewiston
° Rain in a Dry Place (2006)
A verité feature documentary by Anne Makepeace and Bullfrong Films chronicling two years in the lives of two Somali Bantu families as they journey from Africa to America.
© Lanes Island Productions 2007
Lanes Island Productions, c/o Amy Brown, 311 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, amy[AT]lanesisland.com