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“A Somali in America” documents the experience of Ali Warsame, a Somali refugee who gained residency in the United States in 2015, but is re-assessing his new life now that Donald Trump is president.

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David Bowie’s Widow Iman attends Black Panther premiere

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DAILY MAIL — She has made a gradual return to the social scene, after taking some time away from the limelight, following the January 2016 death of her husband David Bowie.

And Iman showed off the supermodel prowess that first caught the eye of her late rocker husband, when she attended a special screening of Black Panther of Tuesday.

The 62-year-old beauty looked radiant as she arrived at the Museum of Modern Art in a shimmering silver floor-length gown, which she teamed with a stylish head wrap.

She has made a gradual return to the social scene, after taking some time away from the limelight, following the January 2016 death of her husband David Bowie.

And Iman showed off the supermodel prowess that first caught the eye of her late rocker husband, when she attended a special screening of Black Panther of Tuesday.

The 62-year-old beauty looked radiant as she arrived at the Museum of Modern Art in a shimmering silver floor-length gown, which she teamed with a stylish head wrap.

Iman made a triumphant return to the spotlight last year, following the death of her beloved husband David in January 2016.

Last summer, she paid a moving tribute to the late musical icon on what would have been the couple’s 25th wedding anniversary.

The Somalia-born beauty shared a post to remember her singer love, who tragically died aged 69 after a secret battle with liver cancer.

Alongside a black and white picture of the pair, a short piece of text read: ‘I would walk forever, just to be in your arms again.’

The image was captioned by Iman with the simple words: ‘June 6th #BowieForever’.

Bowie and Iman officially married in Switzerland in April 1992, but held a church ceremony in Italy on June 6 of that year.

They had one daughter together, Alexandria, who’s now 17. She is also the mother of 39-year-old daughter Zulekha, from her marriage to marriage to former basketball star Spencer Haywood.

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Kenyan and German filmmakers celebrate Oscar nod

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TRT — “Watu Wote” is one of the first Kenyan films to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

“Watu Wote” means “All of Us” in Swahili, the language spoken in Kenya. It depicts the true story of an extremist terror attack on a bus in the country.

Al Shabab militants attacked the bus in north-eastern Kenya just before Christmas, on December 21, 2015.

During the attack, some of the Muslim passengers helped shield and save the lives of a group of their fellow Christian passengers.

The incident inspired German film students to make a film about the attack.

“Oh, it just feels surreal, still,” said director Katja Benrath of the nomination.

The students had read about the attack in the German newspapers and decided to tell the story, based on its message of humanity and solidarity.

The film competes against four other films in the Best Live Action Short Film category at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4 2018 in Los Angeles.

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First Look: Submergence is a Love Story with Jihadist Fighters in Somalia Directed by Wim Wenders

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MOVIE WEB — Lionsgate UK has released the first international trailer for Submergence, which stars James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander. This all-star cast is directed by the incomparable Wim Wenders, who has made more than 60 films in his iconic career.

Submergence is a love story that takes us into the extremely different worlds of our two protagonists, Danielle Flinders (Alicia Vikander) and James More (James McAvoy). They meet by chance in a remote hotel in Normandy where they both prepare for a dangerous mission. They fall in love almost against their will, but soon recognize in each other the love of their lives. When they have to separate, we find out that James works for the British Secret Service. He’s involved in a mission in Somalia to track down a source for suicide bombers infiltrating Europe.

Danielle ‘Danny’ Flinders is a bio-mathematician working on a deep sea diving project to support her theory about the origin of life on our planet. Soon, they are worlds apart. James is taken hostage by Jihadist fighters and has no way of contacting Danny, and she has to go down to the bottom of the ocean in her submersible, not even knowing if James is still alive. The supporting cast includes Alexander Siddig, Celyn Jones, Reda Kateb and Mohamed Hakeemshady.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) directs from a screenplay by Erin Dignam (The Last Face), based on the novel of the same name by J.M. Ledgard. Wim Wenders is one of the rare filmmakers that switches back and forth from narrative fare to documentaries, with the director currently filming the documentary Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, set for release later this year. Before Submergence he directed two narrative features, Les beaux jours d’Aranjuez in 2016 and Every Thing Will Be Fine in 2015, after he made a pair of documentaries in 2014, The Salt of the Earth and a segment of Cathedrals of Culture.

Lionsgate has set an April 13, 2018 domestic release date for Submerged, with the movie slated to debut in the U.K. on May 18. In the U.S., Submergence will go up against Universal’s thriller Truth or Dare and Pantelion’s Overboard remake, although its second weekend will be quite busy with New Line’s Rampage, Paramount’s Cloverfield movie, formerly known as God Particle, Focus Features’ Tully and Fox Searchight’s long-awaited Super Troopers 2. Take a look at this new trailer for Submergence, courtesy of Lionsgate Films UK YouTube.

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