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.
” 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