Lalibela

Producer, Writer, Director: HLUMELA MATIKA

Cinematographer: WEI JIAO & HLUMELA MATIKA

Editor: HLUMELA MATIKA

Sound: AMINAH IBRAHIM

A short hybrid documentary/fiction short exploring personal journey as it relates to the American refugee community. Transitioning from their home country into a new one, refugees often undertake the challenges of learning a new language. The film follows the lives of Soria played by Habiba Buro (Ethiopian) and Yusuf Mohamed (Somalian) staged in the backdrop of an english classroom, the story follows migrants living in Upstate New York, as they embark on a journey of cultural assimilation