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Berlin Premiere: "Dead Weight" with Director Yemane Demissie in Attendance


InfoTickets: 7,50€; ermäßigt: Berlinpass, etc.; 030 283 46 03; http://www.hoefekino.de/


With the death of her mother, Hewan, a poster child for the successful, over-achieving immigrant, thought she was going to be able to finally bury her memories of her teenage years in Ethiopia. But the unexpected appearances of her estranged father and the man who had tortured her during the Red Terror campaign in the mid-1970s start unstitching her perfect quilt of a life.
The Revolution was thirty years ago, yet for a lot of Ethiopian immigrants it is today. Dead Weight tells a story of coming to terms with our stark reality as a people wounded. It is a tale that is everywhere yet spoken nowhere.

The screening will be folowed by a discussion with director Yemane Demissie as well as a small reception in the foyer.

Yemane Demissie
Yemane I. Demissie is an award winning independent filmmaker whose work includes two narrative feature films, Tumult and Dead Weight, and a feature documentary, Twilight Revelations: Episodes in the Life and Times of Emperor Haile Selassie. Currently, Yemane is producing The Quantum Leapers: Ethiopia 1916-1975, a documentary series about the Emperor Haile Selassie era. Demissie is an associate professor in the undergraduate department of Film & Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Walter Mosley Award for Best Documentary, American Film Institute’s Filmmaker’s Grant, Paulin Vieyra Merit Award for Outstanding Work in the Cinema, California Arts Council Artists Fellowship, and Fonds Sud Writing Grant. He has also been awarded residencies at Bellagio, MacDowell, Yaddo, Bogliasco, and the Dora Maar House.

An event by AfricAvenir in cooperation with Hackesche Höfe Kino.

The film series "African Reflections" is financially supported by Aktion Afrika by the Federal Foreign Office, by Brot für die Welt and Katholischer Fonds.

Media Partners: Africiné, Freunde RFI, Art Labour Archives, ZMO, Humboldt Universität, AfroHeat

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