Centerpiece Night Film Ewir Amora Kelabi

Based on a true story, this film chronicles the life of Major Tibebu Mesfin, who worked for the Dergue Regime in Ethiopia. During this time of ideological struggle and infighting among the regime’s leadership, Tibebu disappears and his wife is captured, imprisoned, and tortured. Years later, fueled by a deep-seated desire to help his ailing mother, Tibebu’s son leaves the town of Gonder to search for work. The result is an unpredictable adventure, the story of how far one man will go to fulfill his destiny, and a tale for the ages about the resilience of the human spirit.

Sewmehon YismawEthiopia, 2016, 85 min., Amharic with English subtitles

(Q&A with Sewmehon Yismaw, Zekarias Tibebu Mesfin, and Jessica Beshir)

Also screening Tuesday, May 9, 1:30pm



Emotional interview with Zekarias Tibebu Mesfin, subject, writer and producer of Ewir Amora Kelabi, the 24th NYAFF Centerpiece Night Film. (Interview takes place from 7:18 – 8:38)

Zekarias Mesfin’s New Film Tells His Refugee Journey From Ethiopia to Canada (Tadias Magazine)