Beza Hailu Lemma & Hiwot Admasu Getaneh
South Africa, Ethiopia | 2022 | 27 min
Languages : English, Amharic
Subtitles : English, French
In the district of Katanga, in Addis Ababa, Amele and her makeshift hostel welcome young people seeking refuge in the Ethiopian capital. Every day sees the arrival of a new person, a new experience, a new story. The filmmakers sensitively paint the portrait of a place and its residents.
In the district of Katanga, in Addis Ababa, Amele Mamo’s hostel offers a bed and a warm meal for people seeking refuge in the large Ethiopian capital. Every day sees the arrival of a new person, a new experience, a new story. In particular, the film lingers on the trajectory of a new lodger, a young man looking for work. A certain image of the city is unveiled through his migration journey: visiting a construction site to find a job, unlicensed street selling, moments of respite at the hostel. The richness of the sonic universe helps to sensorially transmit the capital’s atmospheres. The two Ethiopian filmmakers, Hiwot Gataneh and Beza Hailu Lemmav, alternate between three places – the city, the district and the hostel – delicately relating what it means to occupy new living spaces, and the importance of the space we call “home”.