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18 September 2015

Hiwot Admasu Getaneh: “New Eyes”

Hiwot Admasu Getaneh: “New Eyes”
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En français (version originale)

Ethiopian filmmaker Hiwot Admasu Getaneh was born and raised in Addis Ababa on Ethiopia. Before her one-year training in scriptwriting and directing at the Blue Nile Film & TV Academy, she studied electrical engineering and computer science.

Hiwot Admasu Getaneh came to cinema for two reasons. First, "because as a child, I believed that all the films I saw were true. Growing up, I found it incredible that everything is a lie and that the viewers could believe it." Second, "because I felt alive when directing, when telling stories using my imagination."

During the Colours of the Nile Festival in Addis Ababa, Hiwot Admasu Getaneh met French producer François d'Artemare, who was looking for filmmakers. She told him about her project and they decided to produce her first professional short, New Eyes, together. It was presented at the Talent Campus at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa in 2013.

Selected at Toronto International Film Festival, Hiwot Admasu Getaneh talks about New Eyes, presented in the Orrizonti section of the Venice Film Festival, in English:

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