Paper Boats (2019)

| Short, Drama | 2019 (USA)
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Why can't Rahel bring herself to sign her artwork? The visit of her high school academic triggers memories of why she is haunted by her surname, yet would not consider changing it.


Gonzalo Guajardo
2 wins. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Semenesh Cheksa ... Rahel
Briana Stoakley Briana Stoakley ... Miss Simons
Samuel Gebreselassie Samuel Gebreselassie ... Father
Merone Misikir Merone Misikir ... Kalkidan
Samrawit Kefale-Mareye ... Mother
Dylan James Boland ... Police Officer
Maric Yates Maric Yates ... School Principal
Belen Solomon Belen Solomon ... Kalkidan (child)
Saron Terecha Saron Terecha ... Rahel (child)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abezash Tamerat Abezash Tamerat ... Rahel Tamrat (voice)


Rahel has come from early childhood in rural Ethiopia to becoming an intensely devoted student at a top art school in the US. She has just been recognised for her talent and rewarded with an invitation to prepare her first ever solo exhibition. As she is immersed in the creation process, an old friend knocks on the studio door, eager to celebrate this first milestone in Rahel's career. But why can't she bring herself to sign her own artwork? The old friend knows only too well where the sore point is. Rahel is haunted by her own surname, yet has a much stronger reason not to change it. This dilemma evokes Rahel's memories of when the old friend was her academic advisor at high school. By then, Rahel had managed to adapt to America, but not to the dark despair of being in the grip of a dysfunctional family. Written by Rasmus Sonderriis

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USA | Spain | Ethiopia


English | Amharic

Release Date:

2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How Long Can a Paper Boat Float See more »


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$18,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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