Fathia Absie

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Fathia Absie
فتحية إبسيآ
Born Mogadishu, Somalia
Nationality Somali, American
Occupation Writer, producer, actress and filmmaker
Children 2

Fathia Absie (Somali: Fadxiya Cabsiiye, Arabic: فتحية إبسيآ‎) is a Somali-American writer, producer, actor and filmmaker. She has worked with both documentaries, as well as fictional narratives and published "The Imperceptible Peace Maker" graphic novel. Fathia is the co-founder of "Eat With Muslims" A project designed to brings Muslims and non-Muslims together over dinner and stories in the hopes of building bridges between neighbors and communities of different faiths and cultures.


Absie was formerly a social worker. She has worked for a number of organizations, including the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in Columbus, Ohio, the University of Washington in Seattle, and Voice of America.[1][2] She moved to Minnesota around 2010. Absie stars in her own film about a relationship between a white man and a Somali-American woman. [3] In 2013, she joined ECHO, a Minnesota-based non-governmental organization serving immigrant communities.[2]

In 2011, Absie released her first documentary film, Broken Dreams, a documentary that explores the collective outcry against the recruitment of the Somali youth in Minnesota by religious fanatics. The case brought unwanted attention from the U.S. government to the Somali community in Minnesota and around the country. Following the disappearances of the young Somali men, the FBI launched the largest US counterterrorism investigation since the 9/11 tragedy. In 2014, Absie also published the graphic novel "The Imperceptible Peacemaker", through the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. An allegory of vigilante justice, its superhero protagonist, and a tech billionaire create a suit that gives him the ability to become an invisible force for good, fighting tyranny and injustice around the world. Ms. Absie also worked with Twin Cities PBS where she hosted countless programs and the documentary, Giving Thanks! [4] 2016 Fathia Absie was the Drama film directed by Musa Syeed · About a young Muslim refugee in Minneapolis crosses paths with a stray dog. Absie played Barkhad Abdirahman's mother. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5447852/

In 2015, Absie released her second film, the fictional narrative The Lobby, which she starred in as well as wrote and directed. It premiered at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Film Festival in April of the year.[4][5] This was a fictional story about the relationship between a white man and a Somali-American woman.[6] November 2017, Absie reunites with Barkhad Abdirahman, this time playing him and Faysal Ahmed’s feisty mother at Eric Tretbar’s film, “First Person Plural” A modern-day Romeo and Juliet, starting Faysal Ahmed and Broadway great, Pearce Bunting among others. Absie begins the preproduction of a narrative called "Grapes Of Heaven" A heartbroken Somali-American woman and a writer visiting the small coastal town Berbera, Somaliland where a famous Somali poet named Bodheri died of a broken heart in the 1930s.


  • Broken Dreams (2011)
  • The Lobby (2015)
  • A Stray (2016)


  • The Imperceptible Peace Maker (2014)


  1. ^ Omar, Farid (1 March 2010). "Somali journalist Farhia Absie explains why she resigned from VOA". Digital Journal. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Fathia Absie". ECHO. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Somalia Online http://www.somaliaonline.com/fathia-absie-stars-in-her-own-film-about-a-relationship-between-a-white-man-and-a-somali-american-woman/comment-page-14/. Retrieved 29 October 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b "An interview with filmmaker Fathia Absie". Wardheernews. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Filmmaker Fathia Absie on 'The Lobby'". MPR News. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  6. ^ A, Deeq. "Fathia Absie stars in her own film about a relationship between a white man and a Somali-American woman". Somalia Online. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 

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