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Running Against The Wind - Jennie Kermode - 16877

Running Against The Wind - Jennie Kermode - 16877

There can't be many more challenging places to become a runner than Ethiopia, which has consistently produced some of the best in the world, but in this engaging film by newcomer Jan Philipp Weyl it's a route out of poverty for young Abdi (Ferhane Beker; later Ashenafi Nigusu). His natural talent and hard work could take him all the way to the top, but he never forgets his childhood friendship with Solomon (Alamudin Abduselam; later Mikias Wolde), who set off for the city as a kid, hoping to make his name as a photographer. When their paths cross again, it changes both their lives.

Opening with two charming young leads who quickly get the audience engaged, the film unfolds into a multi-layered drama which explores many aspects of life in modern Addis Ababa and its environs. Cities everywhere have a habit of eating up young people who go there to seek.

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