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by Mo Scarpelli


Asalif and his mother defy Ethiopia’s omnipresent modern housing development culture, by continuing to live a life characterised by proximity to nature and rootedness in community. The boy counters the ruptures in his accustomed surroundings and the threat posed by the hyena that haunts his neighbourhood by reinventing himself as a hero: as Anbessa, the lion. In this imaginative documental study, Mo Scarpelli (Berlinale Talents Alumna 2018) focuses her attention on social realities and the dreams of her 10-year-old protagonist.

original title: Anbessa
country: United States, Italy
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Mo Scarpelli
screenplay: Mo Scarpelli
cinematography by: Mo Scarpelli
film editing: Nico Leunen, Thomas Pooters
producer: Caitlin Mae Burke
executive producer: Gelila Bekele, Danielle Perissi
production: Rake Films

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