Anywhere Else | Panel Discussion

When: 2013-12-03 18:00 - 2013-12-03 19:00
Where: American Center, Tržiště 13, Prague 1
Entry fee: Free


Sonnet Frisbie – Human Rights Officer, US Embassy in Prague, Moderator
Asmara Beraki – Director of the film “Anywhere Else”
Pavel Jech – FAMU’s Dean
Ivana Uhlířová – Actress, plays the role of Sofia
Varhan Orchestrovič Bauer – Composer of the film music

Asmara Beraki was born in San Francisco but grew up in Washington DC. Her father’s Eritrean origins inspired her to make Anywhere Else, her graduation film from Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU). After the picture won Best Feature Film at FAMUFest in 2012, she began teaching short film direction at the Academy. Her feature debut The Narcissists is currently in preproduction and will be shot in Prague and New York.

“I think, that it would be a dream of every father to have a daughter that expressed her feeling for him by means of such a strong film,” praised a pedagogue (Petr Nikolaev) at the end of the screening of Asmara Beraki’s graduate thesis film, Anywhere Else. An intimately tuned three-quarters of an hour clings to the side of college-educated taxi driver Tesfai, a naturalized Washingtonian originally from Ethiopia, who takes care of his two adolescent children during the temporary absence of his wife. This is the work of a filmmaker who already convinced of an extraordinary talent with the three year’s old bachelor’s short film, The Tour Guide. Both films are supported by a quality script whose characters, despite the limited space, are presented in an agile and complex way. (The review’s author is the programming director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)