Thu 2 Nov | 18:00 | Rich Mix   BOOK NOW

Fri 3 Nov | 19:00 | Bernie Grant Arts Centre   BOOK NOW

Dir. Abraham Gezahegne
Ethiopia. 2016. 117 mins. Amharic with English subtitles.

At a time of round-the-clock curfews, government surveillance, and streets littered with the bodies of ‘anti-revolutionaries’, Adugna (played by veteran journalist Berhanu Degafe) vehemently struggles to maintain some normality and train his football team. When the team’s rising stars are put under surveillance, Adugna’s wife pleads with him to quit his passion and conform, but he knows this would mean forcible recruitment into the government-approved security force. Based on the book by sports journalist Genene Mekuria, Abraham Gezahegne’s film depicts one of Ethiopia’s darkest moments and uses football as a beacon of hope and distraction from the impounding fear of the Qey Shibir (Red Terror) of 1977-78.

Both screenings are followed by a Q&A with director Abraham Gezahagne.

A_Award_42px Eligible for the Film Africa 2017 Audience Award


Abrham Gezahage

Abraham Gezahagne has joined film making profession after his graduation from Addis Ababa University with school of Theater Arts. His passion on film forced him to divert his attention from theater direction to film making. With his debut in short film GITIMU (The poems, 2004) and so many TV commercials and music video; he can manage to work in a production company MEGA Creative (MCAC) as a creative production manager. Abrahams first feature length film was MIZEWOCHU (The Best Men, 2008) won best directing and screen writing category In Ethiopian International Film Festival (EIFF).it was a romantic comedy by genre and dealt on the perspective of young people toward marriage. In 2010/11 he directed a fifty two episode TV serial production called GEBENA (The Secret) which was pioneer in episodic length and the most popular drama ever produced in the history of Ethiopian TV serial.

Following the serial TV drama, Abraham has come up with his second feature LOMI SHITA (The Scent of Lemon, 2012) which dealt on the neglected aspect of legal frame works to the unseen crime, which is moral crime. Then after, he works for Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs as a creative production manager of photo comic book production. After his second production Abraham was worked as a 1st AD in the film Mandela’s Gun, 2015 which was directed by the famous English director John Erwin. Currently, Abraham has directed his third feature called YENEGEN ALWOLDEM (I Will Not Bear Tomorrow 2016). The film has dealt on causing a stir for probing what was probably Ethiopia’s most bloody period, the “Red Terror”, from the mid to the late 1970s.