The future of a country rests on a few students
SOMALILAND tells a profound story about hope, perseverance, and the transformative power of education. At a time when tensions between the United States and the rest of the Muslim world are at an all-time high, this story is about the ultimate collaboration between the two. After a brutal civil war left Somaliland without infrastructure and cast large swaths of its population into exodus, a young Wall Street executive, Jonathan Starr, opens a school to develop the future leaders of the country. Just as Starr’s young school begins to provide life changing opportunities to his students, nefarious elements of society begin to conspire against him, leaving the students’ hopes and dreams precariously hanging in the balance.
This story profiles a group of Somali students as they apply to American schools and universities, with the hopes of their friends, families, school, and country on their shoulders. They are attempting to join the ranks of the first Somali students to attend US schools in over 30 years. This once in a generation opportunity is no guarantee though and these students must await US school admissions decisions that may change their lives, and their country’s history, forever.