Sheniz Janmohamed presents Child of Contraband

Child of Contraband
A Spoken Word Video Production
Sheniz Janmohamed

An artist’s perpetual struggle involves trying to define themselves without confining themselves to a particular label.

For Toronto-born spoken word artist, Sheniz Janmohamed, it’s a tricky balancing act. A hybrid of African, South Asian, and Canadian culture, Sheniz grapples with her eclectic identity through poetry, using it as an outlet to express her longing to belong.

This short film, directed by Abbas Somji, is a visual interpretation of her poem, “Child of Contraband,” and follows Sheniz as she traverses through her hometown, remarking on parts of the city that speak to her different cultural sides.

Watch “Child of Contraband” here:

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

6 thoughts

  1. Good fusion of cultures, Sheniz and Abbas, but I don’t quite understand why “contraband”. I see it more as something positive, diversity as strength rather than weakness.


  2. “Great work Sheniz, this was a very inspiring message to motivate our younger generation to look deeper into their roots in order to determine where they come from and how this influences the people they become.”



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