Lambadina (meaning 'light' in Amharic) is a feature-film, directorial debut of Messay Getahun who uses the film to address the nuances of immigration, finding one’s identity and place in the world while spinning a riveting tale of love lost.
Following the life of Joseph, we see a boy consistently faced with overwhelming tragedy. A son losing a father, a young man losing a lover, an Ethiopian losing his culture...yet through these challenges, he is resilient. We are invited to walk with Joseph as a first-generation immigrant, trying to come to terms with an ever-fluid identity. A common story to many Canadians and Americans- Joseph has the desire to look to the future with hope while trying to reconcile with the past.
Since it's premiere in February, Lambadina has had a whirlwind of success winning the Audience Choice for Best Film at the Pan African Film Festival, the People's Choice Award at the San Francisco Black Film Festival and more recently an African Movie Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
Price: Advance Tickets $15; $20 at the door