Artist Projects

Werewolves in the Mall of America


Jake Yuzna

A coming-of-age story of a first-generation Somali immigrant high-school girl living in Minneapolis, the experimental narrative film Werewolves in the Mall of America presents a poetic, emotional portrait of the new face of American culture emerging at the dawn of the 21st century. Minneapolis claims the largest Somali population outside of Africa. Aided by local clergy, 25,000 Somali immigrants fled their war-torn homeland and relocated to the Twin Cities in 1990. The resulting merging of cultures has not been defined by strife or intolerance, but instead has created a new generation of young people who shatter traditional notions of race and teen subculture in America.

Project Updates

  • 2012: Werewolves in the Mall of America is voted Indiewire project of the week in April