Boom Arts: How to Have Fun in a Civil War

February 8 - February 9, 2020

Minnesota-based Somali playwright and performer Ifrah Mansour revisits her childhood memories during the 1991 Somali civil war to confront violent history with humor, and provide a voice for the global refugee stories of children. How to Have Fun in a Civil War, is a one-act multimedia play, which explores war from an idyllic viewpoint of a seven-year-old Somali refugee girl. The play weaves puppetry, poetry, videos and multiple oral stories taken from community interviews to tell a captivating story about resilience while pushing the audience to engage in a healing process that is still raw for survivors of the war.

Created and performed by
Ifrah Mansour (Somalia/U.S.)

In partnership with
the Cascade Festival of African Film

Portland Community College
Cascade Campus, TH 118
705 N. Killingsworth Street
Portland, Oregon 97217