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DIFF 2014 Preview: Ethiopian-Set Fantasy/Historical Romantic Drama 'Beti and Amare'

Shadow and Act By Vanessa Martinez | Shadow and Act July 17, 2014 at 1:36PM

This micro-budget gem is filled with many powerful moments made up of stunning, intense and thought provoking imagery, a unique but professional score and sound-design, and masterful acting.
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Beti and Amare
A poster for "Beti and Amare."

Premiering at the Durban International Film Festival, which kicks off today, and runs July 17 through July 27, is the Kalulu Entertainment independent film production titled "Beti and Amare," described as a part sci-fi/fantasy and part historical romantic drama set in World War 2-torn Ethiopia.

"Amare," by German filmmaker Andy Siege, centers on on a young Ethiopian girl named Beti (Hiwot Asres), who seeks refuge from Mussolini's Italian troops in the south of the country. In the midst of battling hunger and harassment from the local militia, an unprecedented fantastical event occurs causing Beti to fall in love. 


"Beti and Amare" is a historical science-fiction film set in 1936 Ethiopia. Beti, a young Ethiopian girl has escaped Mussolini's troops and found refuge in the peaceful south of Ethiopia. As the Italians march ever closer Beti has to battle hunger, thirst, and the unwelcome sexual advances of the local militia. When the situation threatens to escalate towards the unthinkable, a spaceship cracks through the clouds... its cargo... love. This micro-budget gem is filled with many powerful moments made up of stunning, intense and thought provoking imagery, a unique but professional score and sound-design, and masterful acting.

Watch the trailer below:


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