Written by Mahlet Belaye
THE ETHIOPIAN feature film is based on the life altering struggles of three young adults living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the lessons they learn along the way.
With only a week left before the first screening of Ethiopian director’s Ermias Tadesse and Joseph Ebongo’s production YeFikir Kal (Loves Promises) at London’s Cinema Museum, I was privileged to have been one of the individuals to view this inspiring film.
Located in the heart of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, YeFikir Kal centres around the fictitious lives of the attractive, affluent however morally ambiguous young women Sara (Hanan Tarq), her self-assured co-worker and object of desire Dawit (Miftah Zeleke) and the reticent, underprivileged Amen (Ermias Tadesse) who is unknowingly swept into the love triangle.
What begins as a comical and premeditated passionate chase slowly transforms into a serious, romantic melancholy where questions of principle, trust and faith are deliberated amongst the trio leading to life changing experiences.
“As well as serving lesson to the younger generation about personal obstacles that they may encounter in life the film aims to promote the importance of communication as portrayed in the bond between Sara and her father and raise awareness about the inflictions created by dishonesty and lack of obedience to the law”. Ebongo tells the Voice.