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Nishan (Medal of Honor)

NIshan

Nishan is a young businesswoman who dreams of leaving Ethiopia to seek her fortune abroad. When her father mortgages the house to support her emigration, an unsigned document creates a disastrous domino effect in Desalegn's thrilling debut.

Schedule
June 5, 2013 6:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
June 6, 2013 3:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

Nishan is a strong Ethiopian woman who has recently obtained a rare visa to leave the city and work abroad. But fate will intervene as her family, her independence, and her dreams are derailed by a sequence of accidental events. Nishan's father returns one night from gambling with the prize of an antique golden gun. Unbeknownst to him, the gun is a highly prized memento avidly sought by a pair of ruthless thieves. As the thieves move closer to discovering the gun's whereabouts, Nishan must resist the advances of Engda, her boss's conniving son who intends to trap her into marriage. Luckily, romance has recently blossomed with a young doctor who is always there to help her find a solution to her problems. Entangled in a web of deceit and danger, Nishan must navigate through these ordeals to preserve her independence, protect her family, and realize her ambitions for a better life. A rising star on the Ethiopian film scene, writer-director-editor Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn has crafted a thrilling feature that twists and turns while effectively developing a strong set of characters. Nishan (Medal of Honor) is a strong new feature from Ethiopia and marks the film community in Addis Ababa as an exciting new film center to watch.

Director Biography
Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1981. He has been active in the creation of local documentaries, fiction films, commercials, music videos, promotional and educational films as a writer, director, cameraman, and editor. He currently runs his own production company Kurat Pictures Plc.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Director: Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn
Principal Cast: Berukan Befkadu, Feleke Abebe, Tewodros Sifraye, Alebachew Mekonnen, Afework Bekele
Premiere Status: North America
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 2013
Running Time: 105 minutes
Producer: Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn, Bertukan Befkadu Haile
Screenplay: Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn
Cinematographers: Mulugeta Megerssa
Editors: Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn
Music: Abreham Tesfaye, Paulos Regassa
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Amharic
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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