Mo Scarpelli
2019 - 86 min - Film 35 mm & vidéo Full HD - Couleur - États-Unis, Italie

Englisg summary
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" that entraps us all.
Ten-year-old Asalif and his mother have been displaced from their farmland on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the construction of a condominium. As they watch the buildings take shape, they are reminded in small and big ways that their country’s big dream of "progress" is not for them. But Asalif wants a slice of modernity, too, so he goes into the condo to find discarded electronics he can reuse.
The condominium’s trash becomes Asalif’s treasure, but this is threatened when new tenants chase him out, and garbage trucks start hauling away items he could use. To fight back against those casting him out and those threatening his mother’s safety, Asalif taps into a fantasy of becoming his hero: the lion ("anbessa" in Amharic).
Asalif uses his imagination to battle forces beyond his control. His newfound power and fantasy take him to places he never imagined inside and out of the condo until finally, Asalif must find the strength that resides in him as a boy, and shed the lion persona, in order to deal with the tides of change and violence that are usurping a community, a country, and his own identity.

Auteur-Réalisateur : Mo Scarpelli
Image : Mo Scarpelli
Son : Mo Scarpelli
Montage : Nico Leunen
Producteur délégué : Rake Films
Coproducteur : Mo Scarpelli


Distributeur : Sweet Spot Docs


2019 - Festival international du film de Berlin - Berlinale, Berlin (Allemagne) : Sélection Generation K Plus
2019 - Hot Docs - Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto (Canada) : Sélection