Politicized Identities

Emails to My Little Sister

by Solomon Mekonen, 2019 (in Ethiopia and Germany)

Ethiopia | 35min | Amharic and English with English subtitles

Emails to My Little Sister is a film concerning the phenomenology of Blackness in Berlin. The film, however, takes place in Ethiopia, where becoming Black is reflected back on in siblings’ email conversations.

FIFEQ’s review

The film explores multi-sited ethnography through the juxtaposition of emails with audiovisual material that phenomenologically focuses on the everyday lived-experience of an Ethiopian woman as well as that of her brother, recently arrived in Germany, who realizes his “becoming” Black in a predominantly white society, and his relationship to this society. A real gem!


June 25 to 27, 2021

Films on June 21 to 27