ANBESSA

86 minutes
Ethiopia | Italy | USA

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.

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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CONTRIBUTE TO ASALIF


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

If you want to contribute to him and 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.


 FESTIVALS, SCREENINGS & AWARDS


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

IDFA 2019
* Kids & Docs Competition Selection


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


Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival
* Official Selection - World Cinema Showcase


Rooftop Films
* Official Selection


DOC NYC
* Official Selection


22° Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
* Official Selection - Docs for Kids


Human Rights Watch Film Festival London
* Official Selection


MiradasDoc 
* El Mirador Award for Best Documentary Feature


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

19° Rome Independent Film Festival
* RIFFDoc National Competition Selection


Addis International Film Festival
* Opening Night Film


Sole Luna Doc Fest
* Best Cinematography Prize


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


RiverRun Intl Film Festival 
* Special Mention for Best Documentary Feature


Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) 2019
* Best Cinematography Prize


Fabrique du Cinéma Awards 2020
*  Best International Documentary Nominee


Olafur Eliasson Studios
special screening in the artist's studio in Berlin


Copenhagen Architecture Festival

in collaboration with the 2019 C40 World Mayor's Summit


Stockfish Film Festival - Iceland
* Documentary Feature Competition


This Human World Film Festival - Vienna
* Official Selection - Dis:pace:ments


16° Les Mois du Film Documentaire - Paris
* International Documentary Feature Competition


Docudays Ukraine

* International Documentary Feature Competition


Maryland Film Festival
* Official Selection

Busan International Children & Youth Festival
* Embrace the Difference Competition


UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival - Italy

* Opening Night Film


Ljubljana International Film Festival 
* International Documentary Feature Competition


Cleveland International Film Festival
* Official Selection
* Nomination for Standing Up Film Award


Heartland Film Festival - USA

* Documentary Feature Competition
* Nomination for Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award 
* Nomination for Humor & Humanity Award


Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
* International Documentary Feature Competition

Woods Hole Film Festival - USA
* Runner-Up for Best Documentary Feature

Ethiopia Film Week London 
* Opening Night Film

Afrikaldia Film Festival - Basque Country, Spain
Cucalorus Film Festival - USA
London Migration Film Festival
UrbanEye Film Festival - Romania
Mammoth Lakes Film Festival - USA
Festival de Cine de Derechos Humanos Sucre - Bolivia
Berkshire International Film Festival - USA
San Francisco IndieFest
Pripovedovalski Festival - Slovenia
Take One Action Film Festival - Scotland
FlyWay Film Festival - USA
New Hampshire Film Festival - USA
Tumbleweed Film Festival - USA
DC Environmental Film Festival
Ashland Independent Film Festival - USA
Port Townsend Film Festival - USA
Gimli Film Festival - Canada
Moab Film Festival - USA
International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh
DOCUTAH - USA
Northwest Film Forum By Design Festival - Seattle, USA
Arquiteturas Film Festival - Lisbon
Mi Primer Festival - Peru
Bahamas Film Festival
MyArt Film Festival
Under the Stars International Film Festival - Italy
SIMA Cambodia Film Festival
New African Film Festival - USA


additional screenings

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 AMERICAN SALES

RAKE FILMS
hello@rakefilms.com


ANBESSA original soundtrack

by Erik K Skodvin

Erik K Skodvin's first solo film score evokes otherwordly dreamscapes that capture the atmosphere of the film.
Available digitally and on vinyl from 
Miasmah.


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EDUCATIONAL SCREENINGS


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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PRESS KIT

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