Written produced and directed by Grad school architect student Sephora Woldu, this feature opened the eyes of many to the Eritrean culture in a 61 minute film. Shot in San Francisco in 2015, Woldu knew the topics to focus on to bring enlightenment to the public’s eye. Bird’s eye views and vibrant colors make it easy to follow.
Ok that’s enough of the “typical” rhetoric talk that usually goes along with these films. That shit was dope! I appreciated it. I didn’t even know how to spell Eritrean before I saw it on the film’s subtitles. Sephora (one of my most favoritest names in the world that I didn’t know went to humans) tells her mom about her vision on a patio that looks like every non-native patio in the world, and informs her that she wants to learn about herself through conversations and culture of her bay town area. I mean I could be wrong but isn’t that what art is? Interpreting it so that you feel something? Isn’t Tiffany Haddish from Eritrea?
Let me start off by saying I really wanted to just go home and go to sleep from watching and digesting another film earlier in the day but I saw the crowd waiting to see the film and I felt obligated to be a part of that. I mean, who needs sleep? I signed up for this (thanks again Brian). So then I sit down in the front row and boom, I’m invested. Written in 2013, filmed for less than a month in 2015 and 1.5 years of re-shooting shows Woldu’s dedication. AND she was putting her friends on. She had her mom playing her mom, her best friends playing her best friends, her dentist playing a dentist, her job actually being her job. It spoke volumes of her character. I was proud of her. To be proud of someone that you don’t know I think means a lot.
One of my favorite scenes was of Haile (the cab driver) giving a cab ride to a transgender woman. In a highly sensitive time where people are constantly judged based on their appearances and preferences, here it didn’t matter. It brought lightheartedness, movement, and insight.
Woldu describes this film as the “Wizard of Oz of Eritrea” and that it certainly is. Mad different stories going on at the same time (I’m very Brooklyn. Mad=a lot) but it’s ok because you’re able to follow all of them. With “Life is Fare” being her follow up to “Impresa” there is a super bright future for this budding architect. It’s literally just another notch on her belt. Kudos!!
Here is the trailer for this masterpiece.