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Dir. Quino Piñero
Ethiopia, Spain, UK. 2015. 86 mins. Amharic, Oromifa, Nuer, Anuak, Kaffinya, Harari, Sidamo, Tigrinya, English with English subtitles. N/C 15+

 This musical road movie takes us across Ethiopia, a nation of ninety-million and eighty different languages. Full of field recordings of all forms of traditional music – from wind orchestras from the time of Emperor Haile Selassie to the Azmari, the Ethiopian equivalent of European bards. These are traditional pieces, using scales very different from Western music, involving instruments like the washent, masinko, krar and begena. The result is a fascinating document of music that has been passed on from generation to generation for centuries.

Followed by a Q&A with director Quino Piñero. Keep your ticket for free entry to the Film Africa Closing Party.


roaring-abyss-quino-pin%c2%a6aero-1Quino Piñero started filming at an early age, always carrying his audio recorder and camera. He has produced albums for Alkibar Junior and Orchestra Elastique’s ‘A Fallible Girl OST’ among many others, and directed documentaries including Le Message du Issa ber (Mali 2011), Roaring Abyss and New Voices in an Old Flower (Ethiopia 2015), as well as collaborating as sound designer with film director Miguel Llansó (Chigger Ale and Crumbs, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015).