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Just announced, the 3rd Ethiopian Film Festival organised by habeshaview is taking place at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA later this month. Three films are being shown:

Friday 14 October, 19:15-22:15 BST, ሲመት - Simet, written and directed by Hildana Belaynh. Featuring a Q&A with director and cast. Drinks reception at 19:15, film starts at 20:00, tickets £15.
Simet is an epic Ethiopian drama set in the mid-18th to 19th century Ethiopia.
This story takes place at Gondar, during the Era of the Princes where the country was divided and ruled by local war lords.
An elderly king, very fragile and on the verge of dying, loses his heir in treacherous circumstances. He orders his two younger sons to avenge their brother and find the killer – whoever succeeds first, gets to claim the throne.
The film explores themes of social divides, warring nations, betrayal, courage, and sacrifice.
This film was released in 2020 and is in Amharic with English subtitles.

Saturday 15 October, 16:30-20:30 BST, ኂሩት አባቷ ማን ነዉ - Hirut, who is her Father? directed by Lambros Yokaris. Featuring a Q&A. Drinks reception at 16:30, speeches and introduction from 17:20, film starts at 18:00, tickets £25
This film follows Hirut, a young woman popular for her breathtaking beauty and respected for her disposition.
Hirut lives in Nazareth with her fiancé, an Azmari. The two dream of getting married but are subjected to varied abominable treatment from their families. Tensions are raised further when, due to an unexpected accident, they are forced to live apart, leading Hirut to fall into temptation and challenge.
Her love for Azmari remains genuine, but will she be able to resist temptation to save their marriage?
Produced by the Association of Country Film and Advertisement in 1965, Hirut, who is her Father? is considered to be Ethiopia’s first feature-length film and is in black & white.
This film is in Amharic with English subtitles.

Sunday 16 October, 13:45-15:45 BST, ርዕስ ፈላጊ - Rees Felagi directed by Napoleon Ale Werk. Doors open at 13:45, film starts at 14:00, tickets £11.90.
After completing their higher education studies, three friends struggle to look for work in Addis Ababa.
The hope they had at graduation for potential employment slowly evaporates, and the metonymy of the way they spend their days makes them feel absurd. The friends begin to question the illogicality of life.
Rees Felagi was released in July 2022 and is in Amharic (may not be subtitled).
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