SAMI´S ODYSSEYS (2022)

DESCRIPTION

In Ethiopia’s labyrinthine capital Addis Ababa, Sami spent long 19 years to translate Greek and Roman myths on an ancient laptop to Amharic, the Ethiopian official language. Director follows a man pursuing his inexplicable dreams in the service of literature. After years of solitary labor, will he succeed in getting his manuscript published in modern-day Ethiopia? A true bibliophile’s gem of a film.

GALLERY

REVIEWS

” The portrait of an Ethiopian translator pursuing his inexplicable dreams”

Davide Abbatescianni, Cineuropa, 5.4.22

“This film offers a great many things to its viewers: a remuneration on the impassioned and at times self-destructive zeal of the artist; a story of the deep relationships forged between creatives; a reminder of the violence of development that is implemented without care for people like Sami; and a reflection on the very human desire to contribute something to one’s society, to live a life that leaves something behind.”

Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes, Africa is a Country, 20.5.2022

DIRECTED BY
Robin Dimet, France, 70´
TERRITORIES
World except of France
EXCLUSIVE SUBJECT
Festivals & sales
Festivals
World premiere - CPH:DOX Next:Wave, National premiere - Lussas Doc, Kerala IDFF
DIRECTOR BIO

Robin Dimet studied cinema at the University of Paris VIII before joining the National Institute of Cinematography in Russia (VGIK). Fluent in Russian, he spent fifteen years in the former USSR. He has directed documentaries from Moscow to Siberia, has been a scriptwriter for Russian television, a trainer for scriptwriting residencies, artistic director of a film festival in Kazakhstan and cinematographer for Russian-language documentaries. Sami´s Odysseys is his first feature.