• Italy
  • Ethiopia
  • United States
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Ten-year-old Asalif and his mother have been displaced by a huge condominium on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. To fight back against those casting him out, Asalif creates a fantasy where he becomes the strongest hero he knows — the lion (anbessa). His newfound power takes him to places he never imagined and allows him to face his greatest fears, but Asalif realizes he must find the strength that resides in him as a boy to deal with the quiet violence threatening his country, his family, and his future.

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  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Mo Scarpelli
  • DOP
    Mo Scarpelli
  • Editing
    Nico Leunen, Thomas Pooters
  • Music
    Erik K. Skodvin
  • Sound
    Tijn Hazen
  • Duration
    85 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Italy
    • Ethiopia
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Human Rights Watch London
    • Hot Docs
    • IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs,
    • Maryland FF
    • Mammoth Lakes FF
    • Galway African FF
    • San Francisco DFF
    • Rooftop Films
    • Berkshire IFF
    • Tel Aviv Children's FF
    • Durban IFF
  • Awards
    • Best Director and Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Feature Mountainfilm Telluride
    • Honorary Mention for Best Documentary at Durban Intl Film Festival,
    • European Children's Cinema Award (ECFA) for Feature Documentary at Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People
    • El Mirador Award for Best Feature-length Documentary at MiradasDoc
    • SIMA Award 2020 for the Best Cinematography is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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