‘Dhalinyaro’: Coming of age in Djibouti

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: May 11, 2022  

Dhalinyaro (Youth) is a 2017 Djiboutian film directed by Lula Ali Ismaïl- the first female Djiboutian film director on record.

The story revolves around the lives of three friends from different socio-economic backgrounds, with varied attitudes towards life, but bound by friendship. Dhalinyaro is a coming of age story and offers us a never-before-seen view of Djibouti and the dynamics of growing up in the country. 

There is Asma, from a modest conservative background who dreams of going to medical school; Hibo, a rebellious, liberal from a wealthy family; and Deka is the binding force in the friendship. She is torn between her divorced mother’s ambitions to give her a better life and her own conviction that she wants to study and succeed in her own country.

Watch Dhalinyaro at Unseen Nairobi. Buy Tickets Here.

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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