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Running Against the Wind Review

Running Against the Wind Review

Watching this Ethiopian drama is rather like sitting through an assembly when you’re 15 years old. Your buttocks going numb on the hard gymnasium floor as the speaker holds forth about ‘potential’ and the various ‘crossroads’ that we, the year group, are going to encounter. That is because Running Against the Wind is an earnest little morality tale about two young boys and their transition to adulthood – hopes and dreams and all that stuff.

The two boys are Solomon (Mikias Wolde), a recalcitrant troublemaker, and Abdi (Ashenafi Nigusu), a shy and sensible type. Together they live in rural Ethiopia, a harsh place with very little to go around. The boys go separate ways when Solomon steals a camera and flees to Addis Ababa, where he dreams of becoming a photographer. The narrative then shifts through their adolescence and into early adulthood, where we find that Abdi has become a famous

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