Frankfurt am Main | 13 – 20 October 2024

The Season of Burning Things

"The Season of Burning Things" is moving image collaboration between Asmaa Jama and Ghouled Ahmed. Unfolding from the creators’ perspectives in the Somali diaspora, the piece takes the lead from East African mythos and Islamic imagery to explore mythmaking, Blackness; a ‘generation of ghosts’ and the transient spirit.


Film Info


The Season of Burning Things
Original title
The Season of Burning Things
Experimental Film
Release Date
  • United Kingdom
Spoken language
  • English
  • English
9 Minutes
Color Format
  • Colour
Sound Format
  • Stereo


  • Gebriel Balcha (Cinematographer)
  • Asmaa Jama (Editor)
  • Gebriel Balcha (Editor)
  • Amin Xaaji Cusman (c/o British Library (Music)
  • Social

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    • Asmaa Jama

      Asmaa Jama is a Somali artist, poet and filmmaker based in Bristol. Jama was commissioned by BBC Arts to make the interactive film "Before We Disappear" (2021), and by Bristol Old Vic to make "The Season of Burning Things" (2021), which was screened at the 17th Venice Biennale of Architecture (2021). Their latest film, "Except This Time Nothing Returns From the Ashes" (2023), was exhibited as part of a solo exhibition at Spike Island, Bristol, and was made in collaboration with Gouled Ahmed.

    • Gouled Abdishakour Ahmed

      Gouled Abdishakour Ahmed is an artist, stylist, costume designer and writer. Their work explores themes of memory, belonging and futurity using self-portraiture and self-fashioning as a tool to challenge traumatic histories and interrogate how structures of power have created meaning in how the ‘other’ is seen and understood in the Horn of Africa.

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