Ilhan Abdullahi

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Ilhan Abdullahi


Profile Details

  • Country:   Canada
  • Province/State:   British Columbia
  • City:   Vancouver
  • Experience Level:   Emerging
  • Field of Work:   Fiction/Scripted
  • Union:   Non-Union
  • Recent Credits:   Not For Us (short comedy)- Writer, Actress & Executive Producer. Dreamers (short documentary)- Writer & Director
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Ilhan Abdullahi is a Somali-Canadian whose parents’ forced migration journey brought her to the unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, (Vancouver, Canada) at a very young age. She’s a storyteller, public health instructor and filmmaker that is passionate about centering the lived realities of Black & Muslim migrant communities in her work. Through her work, research and passion in film, Ilhan looks to explore how community organizing and narrative storytelling can contribute to the liberation of the communities she is a part of. 

In 2021, Ilhan was selected as one of the emerging Black filmmakers in Vancouver to take part in the Being Black in Canada Film program, where she wrote and directed her short documentary, Dreamers, centering the Somali refugee community. Also a recipient of the Telus  StoryHive’s Black Creator’s Edition grant, Ilhan recently co-wrote and co-produced her short comedy film, Not For Us, available now on Telus Optik TV.