RAKE FILMS

ANBESSA

86 minutes
Ethiopia | Italy | USA

69° Berlinale

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A boy caught between the ancient and the new navigates modernization on his own terms. By becoming a lion (anbessa) he can fight back against the forces outside of his control.

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Directed by Mo Scarpelli
Producers - Caitlin Mae Burke, Mo Scarpelli
Exec Producers - Danielle Perissi, Gelila Bekele
Assoc Producers - D.D. Wigley, Pierce Varous
Dir of Photography - Mo Scarpelli
Editors - Nico Leunen, Thomas Pooters
Music - Erik K Skodvin

Produced by Rake Films
in association with Moby Group

"A masterful work of sensory ethnography."
Film Stage


"Visually arresting... incredibly fascinating and absolutely worth watching."
— Film Threat


"Eloquent... a tender portrait"
— Sight & Sound

"ANBESSA does not play tricks...  beautiful, humorous and thought-provoking."

— Little Village


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"Hope and despair intermingle in a profoundly cinematic mix."
— Hammer To Nail


.** One of Filmmaker Magazine's Most Anticipated Films of 2019
** One of Vox.com's 16 Great Documentaries of 2019

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 FESTIVALS, SCREENINGS & AWARDS


69° Berlinale International Film Festival
Crystal Bear Nominee 
* Glashütte Documentary Prize Nominee

IDFA 2019

40° Durban International Film Festival
* Special Mention for Best Documentary

MiradasDoc 
* El Mirador Award for Best Documentary Feature

Sole Luna Doc Fest
*Best Cinematography

MountainFilm Telluride
* Best Director Award
* Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Feature

21° Olympia Intl Film Festival for Children & Youth
*ECFA Award for Best Documentary

RiverRun Intl Film Festival 
* Jury Honorary Mention for Best Documentary Feature

22° Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Human Rights Watch Film Festival London

60° Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias (FICCI)

Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival

Rooftop Films

DOC NYC

Rome Independent Film Festival
* Best National Film Nominee

Olafur Eliasson Studios
*Special screening for the artist's studio in Berlin

Copenhagen Architecture Festival
in collaboration with the 2019 C40 World Mayor's Summit

Stockfish Film Festival
This Human World Film Festival
Docudays Ukraine
London Migration Film Festival 
Busan International Children & Youth Festival
UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival - Italy
Ljubljana International Film Festival 
Heartland Film Festival 
Cleveland International Film Festival
Cucalorus Film Festival
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
Berkshire International Film Festival 
San Francisco DocFest 
Pripovedovalski Festival - Slovenia
Take One Action Film Festival - Scotland
FlyWay Film Festival
New Hampshire Film Festival 
Tumbleweed Film Festival
DC Environmental Film Festival
Ashland Independent Film Festival 
Woods Hole Film Festival
Port Townsend Film Festival
Gimli Film Festival
FREEP Detroit Film Festival

Other Cinema series - London
FilmScene - Iowa City, USA
Art of Buna - Cologne, Germany
Doctober at the Pickford Film Centre - Seattle, USA
UCLA Luskin School & African Studies Center
CineCulture at Fresno State University


INTERNATIONAL SALES

SWEET SPOT DOCS
Anna Berthollet
anna@sweetspotdocs.com

NORTH AMERICA SALES

RAKE FILMS
hello@rakefilms.com

REQUEST A SCREENER

ANBESSA is currently showing at festivals, cinemas, universities and other venues around the world.
Please email hello [at] rakefilms [dot] com for a private screener + to set up a screening.

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EDUCATIONAL SCREENINGS & LICENSING


We are proud to partner with TORCH FILMS to bring ANBESSA to universities,
schools, and communities across North America.

Screen ANBESSA at your school or local organization, or purchase the film for your school's library.


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CONTRIBUTE


Asalif, the young protagonist of this film, is a genius.

If you feel moved by the film and want to contribute to him + his future, you can here:


PAYPAL.ME/ANBESSAFILM


All the money in this PayPal account is sent to Asalif's bank account in Ethiopia.

Thank you.


MORE PRESS


"A touching document that leaves us pensive in the face of our overconsumption society.
The realization is very neat and so very successful."
Télécable Sat

"Between real and imaginary, a beautiful portrait of a child... 
which gives shape to his inner universe while exposing the difficulties of its existence."
— Télérama France

"Radiates an uncommon lightness and a deep sense of harmony with the world around us."
MyMovies Italy

'Anbessa' Director Mo Scarpelli on the Impact of Modernisation in Ethiopia
Close Up Culture Magazine

Anbessa, the strength of the lion in the Ethiopia of change
Cinecittà News

Fairytales from the In-Between
Feminist Dispatch Magazine

Growing Pains in Ethiopia: Film Spotlights
Hidden Cost of Urban Growth

Voice of America

Berlin 2019: Screen's guide to the Special,
Generation and Forum titles

Screen Daily

Stolz like a lion
Der Taggespiegel

Berlin: First Generation Section Films Unveiled
Variety

ANBESSA in La Lucarne
ARTE Magazine

Ranked in Top 20 of all Berlinale Films
Cannes/Berlinale Critics Rankings


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