Asni: Courage, Passion & Glamor in Ethiopia [DOC] | LONDON PREMIERE

Sat 8 Nov| 16:30| Hackney Picturehouse

Asni: Courage, Passion & Glamor in Ethiopia [DOC], LONDON PREMIERE
Dir. Rachel Samuel
Ethiopia. 2013. 80min. Colour. Amharic with English subtitles.  

A documentary about the extraordinary artist, Asnaketch Worku, who is as much a cultural icon to Ethiopians as Billie Holiday is to Americans and Edith Piaf to the French. Asnaketch lived her life on the edge of her artistry, over the edge of her passions. She brought high standards to theatre and excitement to music in conservative Ethiopia through the 1950 and 60s. Her gift and transparent nature made her infectious to audiences not only in Ethiopia but also around the world.

+ Natsanat [DOC]
Dir. Cheryl Halpern & Mitchell Stuart
USA/Ethiopia. 2012. 26min. Colour. English.

‘Natsanat’ (meaning freedom) documents the heroic stories of young female freedom fighters in Ethiopia during the 20th century. These women have left their families and homes to join the struggle to bring freedom, peace and democracy to their country. They serve as role models for leadership and courage for women.