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Country: ITALY, USA, ETHOPIA
Run Time: 86 minutes
Ethiopia’s largest city, Addis Ababa, is growing at a rapid pace. As the city limits expand, farmers who have built their humble communities in the surrounding rural areas are being forced to leave their homes. New apartment buildings continuously encroach on farmlands, and the sounds of construction fill the air. Caught in the middle of this massive transition is ten-year-old Asalif, who lives with his mother in the outskirts of the city. Each day the curious and precocious Asalif ventures out to explore his surroundings, trying to make sense of the changing landscape and the anxiety growing throughout his village. Helpless against the large forces that threaten to displace his family, Asalif creates a fantasy in which he becomes “Anbessa” (lion in Amharic), the strong king of the jungle who has the power to fight off not only hyenas, but also the city itself. A poetic and moving documentary, ANBESSA captures the plight of those left behind by progress through the eyes of an imaginative young boy. (In Amharic with subtitles) — G.S.
Tower City Cinemas
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM ET
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles