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. ... See full summary »

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Alem Sebisibe Ayitenfsu Alem Sebisibe Ayitenfsu
Asalif Tewold Asalif Tewold
Aster Biruk Aderi Aster Biruk Aderi
Misgan Assefa Lulie Misgan Assefa Lulie
Soloman Girma Soloman Girma
Meseret Dechasa Meseret Dechasa
Ato Silesh Ato Silesh
Biruk Aderi Biruk Aderi
Fikrab Gebeyehu Silesh Fikrab Gebeyehu Silesh
Eshetu Zewdie Eshetu Zewdie
Tsehay Biruk Aderi Tsehay Biruk Aderi
Abinet Abinet
Birtukan Biruk Aderi Birtukan Biruk Aderi
Teshome Seifu Teshome Seifu
Getnet Getnet
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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. His newfound power and fantasy take him to places he never imagined inside and out of the condo until finally, Asalif must find the strength that resides in him as a boy, and shed the lion persona, in order to deal with the tides of change and violence that are usurping a community,...

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Country:

Italy | Ethiopia | USA

Language:

Amharic

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February 2019 (Germany) See more »

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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