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Inspiring Ethiopian film set for release

THE ETHIOPIAN feature film is based on the life altering struggles of three young adults living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the lessons they learn along the way.

With only a week left before the first screening of Ethiopian director’s Ermias Tadesse and Joseph Ebongo’s production YeFikir Kal (Loves Promises) at London’s Cinema Museum, I was privileged to have been one of the individuals to view this inspiring film.

Located in the heart of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, YeFikir Kal centres around the fictitious lives of the attractive, affluent however morally ambiguous young women Sara (Hanan Tarq), her self-assured co-worker and object of desire Dawit (Miftah Zeleke) and the reticent, underprivileged Amen (Ermias Tadesse) who is unknowingly swept into the love triangle.

What begins as a comical and premeditated passionate chase slowly transforms into a serious, romantic melancholy where questions of principle, trust and faith are deliberated amongst the trio leading to life changing experiences.

"As well as serving lesson to the younger generation about personal obstacles that they may encounter in life the film aims to promote the importance of communication as portrayed in the bond between Sara and her father and raise awareness about the inflictions created by dishonesty and lack of obedience to the law". Ebongo tells the Voice.

Highlighting the idiosyncrasies of young relationships this modern day narrative of unrequited love is bound to take its audience on a rollercoaster of emotions but not without attaching an imperative moral message indicating that forgiveness means letting go of past mistakes.

At 107 minutes and imparted in true Eastern fashion, YeFikir Kal superlatively communicates deep ethical lessons of family honour, loyalty in friendship, the bridging of gaps between love and more importantly the undeniable values of faith, fate and fortitude.

With a budget of only £16,129 the film still manages to capture Addis Ababa’s breathtaking landscape through its quality location shots and seamless scene transitions, enough to have the most cynical of audiences feel intimately involved. Definitely a film production well worth seeing.

YeFikir Kal will be screening at the Cinema Museum, Kennington on Saturday 25th April, with English subtitles. For bookings please call 020 7840 2200 during office hours or visit http://www.cinemamuseum.org.uk/2015/screening-of-yefikir-kal/

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