Anbessa

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Anbessa

original title:

ANBESSA

directed by:

cast:

Asalif Tewold, Alem Sebisibe, Ayitenfsu

screenplay:

cinematography:

editing:

Nico Leunen, Thomas Pooters

music:

Erik K. Skodvin

producer:

Mo Scarpelli, Caitlin Mae Burke

production:

Rake Films, Catapult Film Fund

country:

USA/Italy

year:

2019

film run:

85'

format:

colour

status:

Ready (21/01/2019)

festivals & awards:

Asalif and his mother defy the newly-built housing estate which is like all the other ones springing up all over Ethiopia, and continue their life within the traditional village community: grazing their animals, tending their gardens and picking fruit off the trees. Asalif’s hut lacks electricity, but the windows of the surrounding high-rises outshine the moon at night. Asalif scours the new city’s streets for electro-junk and builds a spaceship with an engine. His mother recounts ancient legends. Real estate developers buy up more land. Asalif feels increasingly threatened, stalked by the invisible hyena that haunts the area. With a sensitive grasp of her protagonist’s emotional reality, the documentary filmmaker and camerawoman Mo Scarpelli traces Asalif’s transformation into Anbessa, the lion.