Staying Put

Staying Put

While his friends are dreaming of a modern and better life in Europe, Abebe travels through ancient Ethiopia, trying to find crucial answers and a way towards a meaningful life. In an observational style, we follow the young Abebe in his personal quest.


The future is uncertain, his journey erratic. The centuries-old scenery of impressive landscapes, monasteries and rock-hewn churches is undisturbed. The reality of daily life and Abebe’s magical dreams merge into each other. 


Filmmaker Nico Bunnik shot and developed this film over a period of 5 years together with Abebe and his friends. Close to the bone, from Abebe's perspective we follow him in his thoughts and quest.

Director / Camera / Sound:     

Nico Bunnik


Nico Bunnik, Marion van der Gun


Abebe Efrem Walle

Wogen Tsegaye Endeshaw

Zekarias Biset Kassie

fixer / driver / translator:

Abrham Tsegaye Endeshaw


Debun Studio


Language: Ahmaric, English

length: 127 min

een subsidievrije productie

Budget: €20.000 (crowdfunding and private)

Shot in Ethiopia, 2016-2020

subtitles: English

Now in Filmhuis Den Haag, from October in other cities

'This movie is like a diamond in the rough...'

'Nico Bunnik is not an anthropologist or an ethno-filmmaker, but as a pure guy from The Hague, he invents the entire methodology of Jean Rouch on his own.