Nesanet Teshager Abegaze, Ethiopia/USA, 2019

7 minutes, Amharic/English with English subtitles

A family history archive as told by matriarch Azalu Mekonnen and her granddaughter Samira Hooks. Shot on Super 8 film in Los Angeles and Gondar, Ethiopia, it captures the Ethiopian coffee ceremony and explores migration, memory, and rebirth.


Nesanet Teshager Abegaze is an entrepreneur, educator, and lover of the arts. Nesanet infused art and film into her curriculum and sponsored various programmes to expose her students to independent films, and help them discover their inherent ability to tell their own stories. Nesanet’s first short film, Bereka, premiered and won the Best Experimental Film award at Blackstar Film Festival in 2019. Bereka was also an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020. Her second short film, African Space Program Forever, will premiere at the Blackstar Film Festival in August 2020.

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