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Centerpiece Night Film: Ewir Amora Kelabi (World Premiere) + Hairat (New York Premiere)
May 5, 6:30 pm
Ewir Amora Kelabi
Director: Sewmehon Yismaw
Running Time: 85 min.
Language: Amharic with English subtitles
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.
Director: Jessica Beshir
Running Time: 7 min.
Language: Harari and Oromiffa with English subtitles
For the past 35 years, Yussuf Mume Saleh journeys at night to the outskirts of the walled city of Harar to bond with his beloved hyenas.
(Q&A with Sewmehon Yismaw, Zekarias Tibebu Mesfin, and Jessica Beshir)
Also screening Tuesday, May 9, 1:30pm