Award of Merit – Emails to My Little Sister (Ethiopia)

Title: Emails to My Little Sister
Runtime: 35 min
Country: Ethiopia
Director: Solomon Mekonen  
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: March, 2022

Synopsis: “Emails to My Little Sister” is a film created as part of an MA thesis project concerning the phenomenology of Blackness in Berlin. The film, however, takes place in Ethiopia where becoming Black is reflected back on in siblings’ email conversations. The film, a result of an autoethnographic research, explores historical and ongoing relationship between the so- called West and Africa. A brother who lives north of the Mediterranean and a sister south of it discover what that relationship entails and how it affects and shapes their lives.