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Directed by Mo Scarpelli
85 min | 2020 | Italy/Ethiopia/USA | Not Rated
Screens in Amharic with English subtitles
Recommended for ages 10+
Through a coming-of-age story, Anbessa captures one boy taking on modernization on his own terms, revealing a unique and magical perspective on the myth of “progress” that entraps us all. Ten-year-old Asalif and his mother have been displaced from their farmland on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the construction of a condominium. As they watch the buildings take shape, they are reminded in small and big ways that their country’s dream of “progress” is not for them. To fight back against those casting him out and those threatening his mother’s safety, Asalif taps into a fantasy of becoming his hero: the lion (“anbessa” in Amharic). Asalif uses his imagination to battle forces beyond his control.
Winner: Jury Prize Best Director–2019 Telluride Mountainfilm Festival; Official Selection: 69th Berlinale International Film Festival; 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival
Presnted as part of the 2020 Tumbleweeds Film Festival.
No Tickets Required. Seats available on a first-come-first-serve basis.