6th Addis Film Festival opens with enduring human spirit themed “Town of Runners”

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The sixth Addis International Film festival opened on May 1 at the Italian Culture center with an inspiring yet poignant documentary film chronicling the lives of three aspiring teenage athletes and a tireless, selfless coach.

Amin Abdulkedir, Minister of culture and tourism who opened the festival, appreciating the focus on documentaries said the films will show the ups and downs of life, reflecting the most important issues facing the citizens of Ethiopia and beyond.

Kebour Ghenna, General Manager of Initiative Africa which organized the film festival said the festival has grown from nine films at this same spot in its first edition to its current 50 plus films having varied themes like justice, education and environmental crisis.

The 85 minute long documentary film, “Town Of Runners” shows the collective determination and fears of three teenagers Bruck, Alemi and Hawii and their coach Sentayehu. It also depicts the place’s changing landscape over the span of three years from a small sleepy town named Bekoji located in the Oromia regional state 247Km south east of Addis Ababa, to a more modern town. Read full story on Capital Ethiopia.


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