ANBESSA (Italy,United States,Ethiopia)
April 24 May 2 2020



  • Mo Scarpelli


Through a coming-of-age story, ANBESSA captures one boy taking on modernization on his own terms, revealing a unique and magical perspective on the myth of “progress.". Ten-year-old Asalif and his mother have been displaced from farmland on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the construction of a condominium. To fight back against those casting him out, Asalif taps into a fantasy of becoming his hero: the lion (anbessa in Amharic). His newfound power takes him to places he never imagined until finally, Asalif must find the strength that resides in him as a boy, and shed the lion persona, to deal with the quiet violence usurping a community, a country, and his own identity.
  • Market
Length: 85'
Country: Italy, United States, Ethiopia
Year: 2018
Language(s): Amharic
Premiere status (in January 2019) : Swiss Premiere
VdR edition : 2019


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Watch the film on the Media Library, from 5 April to 14 July 2019, only for Industry accredited professionals.