• 7.8 10
  • 2017
  • 6min

This award-winning short film is an experimental portrait of Yussuf Mume Saleh, an Ethiopian man who has a deep connection with his spotted hyenas.


OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: International Film Festival Rotterdam/ Sundance Film Festival/ IDFA

Hairat. The darkness and the hyenas

Out of the darkness, just outside the walls of the Ethiopian city Harar, a man calls several names. 

The small beam of a flashlight finds a group of spotted hyenas. 

Elias Shagiz Adonay Tesfaye's poem about love and loss sounds almost like a lament on top of the black-and-white images.

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