Merkato - Sosena Solomon (2013)
Premiering at the Black Star Film Festival in Philadelphia on Aug 3,2013
Dir. Sosena Solomon
Documentary. 2013, Ethiopia, USA, 19 min.
Merkato explores the daily lives of four merchants who sell their wares on the open-air market in Ethiopia. Here we meet Hawa, the oldest woman working in Merkato; Gideon, a former gang member looking for redemption; Ashenafi, a young dreamer learning how to make it; and Wurro, a young woman responsible for her own success. As their livelihoods are on the verge of being transformed by incoming strip malls and parking lots, this documentary pays tribute to the people who live, work, and dream in Merkato.