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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
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 2016
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.

Hairat

Director: Jessica Beshir
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 2016
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.

Based on a true story, Ewir Amora Kelabi is an emotional immigrant's tale. In Hairat, a man journeys at night to bond with his beloved hyenas.

 

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

Also screening Tuesday, May 9, 1:30pm

Venue:

Film Society of Lincoln Center – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

144 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023 United States