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Except this time nothing returns from the ashes

A ghostly, glitched-out poem to under-represented lives in the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Troubling the silences and exclusions of institutionalised narratives, the film takes inspiration from readings and stories relating to historic African photography studios. Combining elements of animation, text and experimental sound design Asmaa Jama and Gouled Ahmed channel self-portraiture as an act of resistance and refusal – luxuriating in the potential of what Tina Kampt calls the still-moving-image.


Asmaa Jama Gouled Ahmed


Ethiopia United Kingdom




European Premiere

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Asmaa Jama