“The South” is the second part of the bilogy “Shoots from Abyssinia”. They both arise from the director´s wish for a vital initiatory trip for their children. In the first film, Abdul, along with his father and the guide História da Etiopia, of Pedro Páez, immerses in the origins of his homeland focusing on the northern half of Ethiopia; in this second film, the younger brother, Abdi, makes the personal trip seeking for his biological roots. Guided by the elder brother, they deepen into the Gurage culture, the ethnicity of their ancestors, their own culture. This second trip, without doubt, is the complement that allows us to know this huge and young country in terms of landscapes and people.
Footage 98 min.
Format: H264 1080p HD.
Starring Abdi Fernández Fondevila
Abdul Fernández Fondevila
Executive producer and tutelage in Ethiopia
Catarina Fernández Fondevila
Executive producer in Spain
Marcos Fernández Fondevila
Screenplay, director of photography, editor, director
Ovidio Fernández Sánchez
"Addis Addis" composed and performed by José Nine.
Songs and dance of Dorzers.
Songs and dance of Hammers in Turmi.
"Danakil" and "Djibouti railway" composed and performed
"Vida sen pipa" performed by Sumrrá (Xacobe M. Antelo).
"Inferno" composed and performed by LAR Legido.
Driver and guide
Fikere, Adey, Kidest and Diky Gebreselassie,
To the stationmaster of Addis Abbeba, who opened the doors of his big world.
To Elías, we would have never found the Ethiopian elephants without him.
Thanks to every ethnic group of Ethiopia and its people, specially to those millions of children we met, giving us the most precious present:
This documentary aims to show the worth of Ethiopia and demonstrate that this land is, nowadays, far from the stereotypes built with prejudices, lack of knowledge and generalizations of Europeans citizens for a long time. We also aim to exemplify the particularities of every African country, of every nation, of every ethnicity, highlighting the wide diversity, hidden behind a name. Now, after a silent exodus of children who have found a family in Europe and America, it is essential they feel proud of the country where they were born. It is not in our hands to say it, it is not our issue, but if we manage to get close to this goal, our work will be worth it.