On the day we commenced principal photography our leading actors, Harun Mohammed, 13, and his younger brother, Ali Mohammed, 10, had never been to school. They were completely illiterate.

They came from a family of 15 children who had fled war torn Somalia to South Africa six months earlier. Now they had the daunting task of memorizing 19 pages of dialogue in front of a camera with a director who didn’t know anything but how to say “yes” and “no” in Somali.

And yet, five long shoot days later, we ended up capturing a little bit of these boys’ spirit. And a little bit of a forgotten country’s soul.

I really hope people see some hope in this work. Because I know I do.

-Bryan Buckley, Writer/Director ASAD

In 2010 we worked with the UN Human Right’s Council shooting a short subject documentary (No Autographs) designed to raise awareness of the growing refugee crisis currently facing the world.

While filming in the Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya, we came upon thousands of displaced Somalis. We conducted dozens of interviews. Their stories of escape from both famine and war were both haunting and inspiring. Their sense of pride and humor unforgettable.

Upon returning back to the United States, we made it our mission to continue to tell their untold stories, to shed light on the people of Somalia and their unfathomable struggles. The result is ASAD.

A film who’s entire cast is made up of refugees who fled to South Africa.