NEW EYES

In a bustling village near Addis Ababa, an Ethiopian girl becomes aware of strange new feelings that are both discomforting and exciting.


Along a river, a shy 13 years-old-girl, Selam, encounters a couple having sex in what seems to be an ordinary morning. Upset, she tries to focus on what she was doing when the couple joins separately the river to bathe. She cannot make herself stop starring at the irresistible naked body of the man. She starts to look at everything with her new eyes, turning everything and everyone into sexual objects. She gets jealous of the woman who did sex, her neighbour, who seems to own everything that Selam does not have: the body and curves of a woman who draws all men’s attention and sexuality. She foresees her rising sexual life and her place as a woman.

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CREDITS

Director: Hiwot Admasu
Cinematography: Dawit Zewdu
Editor: Henok Legesse
Sound : Habtamu Gebrehiwo
Cast: Selam Fikadu, Berite Eshetu, Surafel Tsegaye, Feven Teshome, Yohannes Getachew, Yonathan Girma, Yitayish Dagne

SPECS

Year: 2015
Length: 12 min
Language: Amharic, English subtitles
Country: Ethiopia
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