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Sweetness in the Belly (2019)

| Drama | 8 May 2020 (USA)
Based on the novel by Camilla Gibb, Lilly is an English child abandoned in Africa, forced to flee Ethiopia for England amid civil war. There she befriends Amina, an Ethiopian refugee, and they begin a mission to reunite scattered families.


Zeresenay Mehari (as Zeresenay Berhane Mehari)


Laura Phillips, Camilla Gibb (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wunmi Mosaku ... Amina Mergessa
Rafael Goncalves Rafael Goncalves ... Ahmed Mergessa
Dakota Fanning ... Lily Mitchell Abdal
Chris McHallem Chris McHallem ... Immigration Officer
Denis Conway Denis Conway ... Office Capps
Molly McCann ... Young Lilly
Gavin Drea ... Philip Mitchell
Sophie Kennedy Clark ... Alice Mitchell
Estad Tewfik Yusuf Mohamed Estad Tewfik Yusuf Mohamed ... The Great Abdal
Sharon Coade ... Shelter Worker
Antionette Doyle Antionette Doyle ... Woman in Shelter
Edelwork Tassew Edelwork Tassew ... Gishta
Zeritu Kebede Zeritu Kebede ... Nouria
Nuhamin Eskete Nuhamin Eskete ... Bortucan
Neelam Bakshi ... Mrs. Jahangir


Lilly, orphaned as a child, experiences her parents homeland of England, escaping civil war. She becomes the heart of a disenfranchised community in London, where she attempts to reunite people with their families. But her friend Amira discovers Lilly's mission isn't purely altruistic and a passionate lost love affair is revealed between Lilly and Aziz, an idealistic doctor. Written by Anonymous

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Raises serious questions
6 November 2020 | by jrneptuneSee all my reviews

First DO read the review from Hawwiko. The review is enlightening.

I would love to know if there have been any Caucasian person that was orphaned in the Arabic world that grew up as a Muslim. I could not find any record of it but the question itself and the movie offers a great question about that.

I too loved Dakota Fanning's performance and I thought more importantly that even though she played it as a Muslim who grew up in the Muslim world and as a Caucasian she still enjoyed special privileges' not offered to others of color. It showed the inherent racism in the world.

Having it happen in Ethiopia also showed the class struggle that is taking place as the rich look to prosper off the backs of others.

Why the doctor was attracted to her in the first place I question but I will leave it at that. See the movie if you get the chance.

So far every movie project she has been on is worth seeing.

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