SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Film Screening: 'The Costly Gift' and Q&A


Date: 7 November 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 7 November 2017Time: 9:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT

Type of Event: Film

Documentary Film screening 'The Costly Gifts' (2017 Dawit Gebreyesus).

Synopsis: Biniam dreams of becoming an international footballer, though he has never owned a football. Fortunately for Biniam, relatives, who live in the USA, send him a football. However, grandfather Tsgai insists that Biniam must work and study at school to attain such “costly gift”. 
The film metaphorically examines the real burden of 'food aid' by exposing the limitations and reliance imposed upon Biniam's family, further examining the conflicts inherent in the 'generation gap'. Elders recognize self-reliance as the only option in life and the younger generation imagines escape from poverty in the form of unrealistic dreams.

The Screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Dawit Gebreyesus

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