Awra Amba

30 min - Ethiopia, United Kingdom Paulina Tervo

40 years ago, an illiterate Ethiopian farmer created his own heaven on earth - Awra Amba - a remarkable, rural weaving community in Northern Ethiopia. He was driven by a belief that there is a way out of poverty, hunger and inequality, simply by working hard, reversing traditional values and getting rid of lengthy religious practices. This is the story of his brainchild. It is a story of belief in a better, more equal world where humans dont have to suffer, but live in peace and harmony. The film follows the lives of two women in the village, a mother and her daughter. The daughter has just arrived in the village, seeking refuge with her five children after a violent marriage. We follow her trying to become a member and adjusting to a new way of life.