Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
URBANISATION: As Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa develops and expands, so do the rifts amongst its citizens.

The history of humankind is a history of change. Over the centuries, our cities expanded, then shrank or collapsed. The lines defining the places we inhabit have always been drawn and redrawn. And the price paid for everything we built or have achieved can always be calculated in human lives and the sacrifices people have made. Some have had more influence over such changes than others, yet, over time, both the powerless and those in power have had to surf the waves of macro changes set in motion by a combination of elements that often cannot be pinned down and described in simple causalities.

As such, the urbanisation happening now in many places on the African continent is an example of a large wave of change set in motion globally. It is one that can be explained but not pinned down in simple terms. Yet, if one thing can be looked at it is the immediate separation between those benefiting from this urbanisation and the countless faceless people whose lives are ripped apart in the process. These lives sometimes get to be rebuilt, though often not. But for sure, the new architecture of the cities impacts the emotional architecture of these people for good. Daniel Kötter’s new film, Rift Finfinnee captures this, setting the lens on the faceless, building a macro portrait made of individual hearts living in the shifting natural and social landscapes at the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa – as the city expands and grows impassively, …


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