Asha Siad is an award-winning Somali-Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker who has reported for CBC News, Shaw TV and Frontiere News. From interviewing Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud about the unbearable living conditions many Somali refugees face in Italy to reporting on the plight of South Sudanese diaspora in Canada, Asha shares global and local stories that allow us to connect with the rest of the world. Asha’s storytelling has taken her inside the homes of breast cancer survivors in Canada, as they share stories of cultural stigmas and silence surrounding the disease in their ethnic communities.
Her project, Living at the Border, documented the realities of African refugees and migrants in Italy as they navigate the asylum system in Europe. Living at the Border won the Amnesty International Canada Media Award for Best Online Journalism in 2014. Asha’s latest documentary film for the National Film Board of Canada called 19 Days reveals the human side of the refugee resettlement process. This short documentary follows several refugee families during their first 19 days in Canada, as they navigate an unfamiliar terrain that has suddenly become their home.
Asha received the Images and Voices of Hope (ivoh) 2015 Award of Appreciation for showing a commitment to constructive change and amplifying hope through media. In 2016, she was honoured by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation as one of the Top 30 young people working towards a just and sustainable future.
Asha is interested in the depictions of migrant communities in the media and the role of media in the refugee crisis. She is also interested in researching how reconciliatory narratives can be a tool for healing people on the move who are living on the outskirts of war and forced migration.