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ECFA Award Winner

Anbessa

Original title: Anbessa
German title: Anbessa
Italy, USA, 2019

Director: Scarpelli, Mo
Production company: Rake Films
Age recommendation: 8 years and up
Length: 85 min.
Film genre: Documentary

Synopsis:
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.

Festivals:
Berlin Generation 2019, IDFA Amsterdam 2019, Olympia CFF Pyrgos 2019 (ECFA Award), FIPADOC Biarritz 2020, Stuttgart CFF 2020

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