This film is like a diamond in the rough and gave an exceptional insight into the lives of the characters.
not pre-cooked and free from moralizing intentions.
'Extremely interesting material', is what the visual anthropologist in me says. I have seen so many distant documentaries about Africa, or very fast ones in which you don't understand how things are experienced. In this material, I do feel the experience, a special intercultural encounter.
Abebe himself: It's a good story, a real story!
the still images, without music, are beautiful.
The film touched me deeply.
It has become an impressive film.
The film clarifies and humanises the subject of poverty, drought, future prospects and migration in a penetrating way that really appeals to the imagination. And the humour in it is also so beautiful.
The shots of the landscape are breathtaking, they take you along anyway.
You have to see this experience together on the big screen.
Then you do something with the time. The films we see are cast in all kinds of formats. You take us along in the 'being in time' as the people there live in it. That's what I really liked about the movie. You were taken out of time. Next to me sat someone who checked his watch every 5 minutes. He couldn't free himself from his own time. That was special!
I think it is characteristic that you have worked almost exclusively by recording, without intervening and/or influencing situations especially for your film - and all without music. That purity is special. All in all, your film kept popping up in my mind regularly today, so it made an impression.
Saw such a special movie yesterday. Nico Bunnik is not an anthropologist or an ethno-cinema, but as a purebred from The Hague, he invents the entire methodology of Jean Rouch on his own. Without being familiar with those movies. In addition, it still happens so little that we hear about life in Africa, this time Ethiopia, FROM AFRICANS THEMSELVES. Thanks Nico, Thanks Abebe and friends that we could join the tour of your life for some time. check this out. Totally independent film project.
The closing scene reminded me of the opening scene of 'Once upon time in the west'
Dear Nico, thanks for your film… I enjoyed Abebe and his quest. The recordings in nature and new information, which came to me very penetratingly and touched my soul ...