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Atletu (The Athlete)

Atletu (The Athlete)
  • 2009
  • Ethiopia/US/Germany
  • 92 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew
  • Written by: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew, Mikael Aemiro Awake
  • Cast: Rasselas Lakew
  • Language: Amharic
  • UK release: 29 June 2012

This intriguing and elegant hybrid of documentary and biopic tells the inspiring story of the Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila, who in 1960 became the first African athlete to win gold at the Olympics.

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Top 5: Africa in Motion

16 Oct 2009

Five films not to miss at this year's festival

My Secret Sky Opening the fourth edition of the Africa in Motion film festival is the UK premiere of this South African film, the feature debut of filmmaker Madoda Ncayiyana. This magical realist tale of Zulu rugs, craft competitions and the need to…

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