Room 11, Ethiopia Hotel

© Kawase
23 minutes / Colour / 2006
Directed by
Itsushi Kawase


Country of production Japan

The film recounts the life of children living on the street in Gondar, Ethiopia, by witnessing the interaction between two children and the filmmaker. The entire film was shot in the room of Ethiopia Hotel. This limited space allows the film to focus on their communication and captures some of the ideas that enable the children to endure and survive on the street. Indeed, this film is more a sensitive testimony than a scientific documentary. This hybrid approach aims to explore new trends in visual anthropology, including the issue of dealing with intimacy and subjectivity.

Language and subtitles Amharic with English Subtitles

Region North and Northeast Africa

Country Ethiopia

Keywords Children / Young people Squatter Settlements / Homelessness Informant-researcher relationship Reflexivity