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Anbessa (N/C 12+)

25 September

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

Details

This lyrical documentary follows a young boy who uses his creativity, imagination and sharp wits to battle forces beyond his control.

On the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, the largest modern housing development in East Africa promises thousands of people a better way of life. Its construction, on the farmland 10-year-old Asalif and his mother called home, has left them with just a tool shed, with no electricity or running water. With dream-like poetry and stunning cinematography, Anbessa brings Asalif’s inner world of childhood adventures to life, while shedding light on the stark reality of internal displacement for those left behind by urbanisation.

Presented in association with Mercy Corps.

Screening with Dulce (Guille Isa, Angello Faccini, USA/Colombia 2018, 11m) 

Take One Action is an ad-free festival: please take your seats in the cinema at the advertised start time. 

BEYOND THE SCREEN

Join us after the film to explore sustainable economic development and how planning policy can help ensure subsistence farmers (like Asalif’s family) can coexist with growing urban populations and continue to enjoy a life characterised by proximity to nature, and rooted in community. We will be joined by guests including Amy Fairbairn from Mercy Corps.


  • Director Mo Scarpelli
  • Running time 1h26m
  • Certificate N/C 12+
  • Language Amharic with English Subtitles
  • Country Ethiopia/Italy/USA
  • Year of production 2019
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