Maine Filmmaker Showcase:

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland

The Maine Film Association and Portland Media Center are proud to resume our Maine Filmmaker Showcase this fall, starting with a screening of REASON 4369, a documentary by Lewiston High School filmmakers Adey Ahmed, Abdullahi Abdi, Zamzam Elmoge, Fadumo Mohamed and Abukar Abdi, members of thegenzproject.

REASON 4369 trailer:

The team of filmmakers interviewed 20 of their peers, many of them immigrants, talking about their lives growing up in Lewiston. These documented conversations reveal their peers’ honest insights about the city’s reputation, their community, their life growing up in Maine, and how they want to be remembered.

The #GENERATIONZPROJECT is a film-based storytelling initiative that focuses on empowering the adolescents of Generation Z to share their stories. They are a group of high school students from Lewiston High School committed to expressing their identities and having their voices be heard by older generations.

The screening of REASON 4369 will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Zamzam Elmoge, Fadumo Mohamed, and Adey Ahmed.


Adey Ahmed is eighteen years old, she came to America in 2004 with her family, settling in Lewiston, Maine. Adey currently attends SMCC for college and hopes to become a therapist. She is very passionate about helping others and believes that mental health should be focused on a lot more. Adey became a member of the genz project when she was a junior and is still an active member.

Fadumo Mohamed is eighteen years old, and she just started her first year at CMCC. She is unsure of what she wants to do later in her career but would like to major in Life Science. Fadumo says that she is a shy and quiet person but also an adventurous young woman. Fadumo has been apart of the genz team for a little over a year now and it’s been quite a journey for her. She has learned lots of things film production-wise, and also made lots of new friends.

Zamzam Elmoge came to America with her family in 2006 when she was four years old, and moved to Lewiston in 2008. She is currently a senior at Lewiston High School, and founded the genzproject during her sophomore year when she was fifteen. She was able to get a lot of her friends to work on her first big film project, REASON 4369. Zamzam knew she wanted to be a filmmaker from a very young age–the idea of filmmaking alone just fascinated her. Right now the genz project has spent the last year working on its second film, BARAYUBAKA. Zamzam plans on majoring in media/film production in college. Other than being a filmmaker, she is also an activist and spends most of her free time with leadership clubs/ activities. Being a leader and a film director are two of the many things that make up her identity.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Suggested Donation: $5.

Presented by the Portland Media Center and the Maine Film Association, and made possible by the generous support of the Maine Humanities Council.