Screened as part of TOAFF19
This lyrical documentary follows a young boy who uses his creativity, imagination and sharp wits to battle forces beyond his control.
On the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, the largest modern housing development in East Africa promises thousands of people a better way of life. Its construction, on the farmland 10-year-old Asalif and his mother called home, has left them with just a tool shed, with no electricity or running water.
With dream-like poetry and stunning cinematography, Anbessa brings Asalif’s inner world of childhood adventures to life, while shedding light on the stark reality of internal displacement for those left behind by urbanisation.