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Video: Hairat

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In the House of Death… I found love.

Hairat tells the story of Yussuf Mume Saleh’s nightly ritual of bonding with hyenas in the outskirts of the Ethiopian walled city of Harar. Shot in gorgeous black and white and scored by the poetry of Elias Shagiz Adonay Tesfaye, this short film juxtaposes danger with tenderness as Yussuf interacts with his nocturnal friends. Through images, music and poetry, Hairat‘s director, Jessica Beshir who was born in Mexico City but who grew up in Harar, hypnotically evokes a mystical connection between a man and the animals he loves.

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Running time: 6:38

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7 comments on “Video: Hairat

  1. Patrice
    May 7, 2020

    This was absolutely beautiful ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Jose Alcantara
    May 2, 2020

    Michael, I don’t where you find this kind of thing, but I’m glad you do. The poetry, in the context of the meeting of man and hyena, was beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. loranneke
    May 2, 2020

    That poem is also so moving… “My kinsmen, my kinsmen…” What dark, secret beauty in that movie.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Reese E. Forbes
    May 2, 2020

    Wow – that is beautiful. I did not expect those wild creatures to be so very gentle.

    Liked by 1 person

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