Asad (Somalia: 2012)


Bryan Buckley

Cast list

Cast (in credits order)

Harun Mohammed Asad
Ibrahim Moallim Hussein Erasto
Ali Mohammed Ali
Abdiwale Mohamed Laban (as Abdiwale Mohmed Mohamed)
Mariya Abdulle Asad's Mother
Najah Abdi Abdullahi Nadif
Mustafa Olad Dirie Ghedi
Mohamed Abdullahi Abdikher Rebel Leader
Abdi Sidow Farah Rebel
Sahied Nuur Mahamed Rebel
Ahmed Dhadane Jimale Rebel
Hussein Abdi Mohamed Old Man on Street
Isa Mohamed Abdul Man on Truck
Ikram Hassan Asad's Sister
Yasmin Abdi Mohamed Asad's Sister
Maymum Abdi Mohamed Asad's Sister
Sadia Hassan Asad's Sister
Meade Nichol Dead Woman



Produced by

Bryan Buckley Producer
Kevin Byrne Executive producer
Mino Jarjoura Producer
Barrie Kriel Line producer
Matt Lefebvre Associate producer
Hank Perlman Executive producer
Rafiq Samsodien ... Producer

Cinematography by

Scott Henriksen

Film Editing by

Chris Franklin

Casting By

Jeanne Wegner

Production Design by

David Skinner

Costume Design by

Maleen Nokel

Makeup Department

Khandiz Towill ... Hair stylist / makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jean Bellingan ... Second assistant director
Bart Fouche ... First assistant director
Neville Viljoen ... Second second assistant director

Art Department

Joe James ... Storyboard artist

Sound Department

Cory Melious Sound re-recording mixer

Visual Effects by

Ryan Sears Visual effects supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

Jason Abrahamse Grip assistant
Ana Alves Focus puller: camera two
Ashraf Benjamin Electrician
Tobie de Haas Electrician
Casper Erasmus Camera assistant
Darren Goldsbrough Digital imaging technician assistant
Edrich Hollis Camera assistant
Clint Howes Gaffer
Michael Kennedy Focus puller: camera one
Volker Kreinacke B camera operator / steadicam operator
Nouel Lewis Generator operator (as Novel Lewis)
Paul Mammone Key grip
Patrick Ndabula Electrician
Bruce Newton Digital imaging technician
Karl Waugh Gaffer
Storm Leonard Williamson Grip assistant

Transportation Department

Patrick Ndabula Driver
Michael Onyeiwe Extras driver

Other crew

Ilana Bernstein Production coordinator
Jimmy Fraser Marine assistant
Stef Garthoff Marine assistant
Mike Hannekom Marine assistant
Said Mohammed Hassan Translator
Laylo Jamal Translator
Mark Jansen Cast coordinator
André Jaques Marine assistant (as Andre Jaques)
Brent Kriel Marine assistant
Shannon MacDougall Production coordinator
David Magdael Publicist
Jason Martin Marine co-coordinator
Stephen L. Meek Office production assistant (as Stephen Meek)
Peter Murray Set production assistant
Michael Onyeiwe Set production assistant
Kim Robinson Script supervisor


Asad is a fisher boy in Somalia. His friends, led by Laban, are pirates; Asad feels as if he is suited for the pirate life. An old fisherman named Erasto would rather he stick to an honest fishing life as opposed to piracy. Asad has never been able to catch anything on his fishing trips and is beginning to give up hope. Erasto tries to lift his spirits with his largest catch of the day.

When Asad is taking home the fish with his friend various people on the street ask if he has caught it and he angrily tells them that he has not. His friend suggests that he should lie but Asad says that if he does he will be cursed forever and won't catch anything. As they are talking they run into a group of Somali rebels that ask where all the beautiful women in their town are. When Asad's friend says he does not know they threaten to kill him; Asad offers them the fish to save his friend's life.

The next day Asad goes out to the sea to meet with Erasto for a fishing trip and sees the old man injured by the boat. Since Asad had mentioned where the fish came from, the Somali rebels had come for him. Erasto's arm was so badly injured that he could not fish. He tells Asad that the boy's luck will change today and he will finally catch something.

Asad feels the tug of a fish when out at sea and tries to pull it in, but it instead pulls his boat out farther into the sea, where he spies a luxury boat similar to the one that Laban and his friends were going to hold for ransom. Asad goes to see what happened and finds Laban, his friends, and the woman who had the boat all dead. He begins to inspect another room and finds a Persian cat, which he brings back to Erasto. Neither of them know what a cat is, but they say that it looks like a white lion. Erasto marks that Asad's name means "lion". Asad names the cat Lionfish and takes it back to his village to take care of, his luck changed.


Saïd, Jordan. "Asad (2012)." : Asad (2012). Turban Decay18, 18 Oct. 2013. Web. 04 Dec. 2014. <>.

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