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Anbessa

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Directed by Mo Scarpelli
Italy, Ethiopia, 2019
Documentary, Drama
      Amharic
      English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish

Synopsis

A big condominium promises thousands of Ethiopians a better life. Constructed on the farmland of 10-year-old Asalif and his mother, it leaves them just a tool shed with no water. While the city keeps growing, the young boy battles forces beyond his control thanks to his imagination and sharp wits.

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A coming-of-age journey with a dose of magical realism, this documentary from Mo Scarpelli challenges stereotypes about childhood outside of the West. Emboldened by the beautiful relationship between subject and director, Anbessa strikes a delicate balance between topicality and formal adventure.

Synopsis

A big condominium promises thousands of Ethiopians a better life. Constructed on the farmland of 10-year-old Asalif and his mother, it leaves them just a tool shed with no water. While the city keeps growing, the young boy battles forces beyond his control thanks to his imagination and sharp wits.

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AnbessaDirected byMo Scarpelli
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Awards & Festivals

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Berlin International Film Festival
2019

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