"Nishan is a strong Ethiopian woman who has recently obtained a rare visa to leave the city and work abroad. But fate will intervene as her family, her independence, and her dreams are derailed by a sequence of accidental events. Nishan's father returns one night from gambling with the prize of an antique golden gun. Unbeknownst to him, the gun is a highly prized memento avidly sought by a pair of ruthless thieves.
As the thieves move closer to discovering the gun's whereabouts, Nishan must resist the advances of Engda, her boss's conniving son who intends to trap her into marriage. Luckily, romance has recently blossomed with a young doctor who is always there to help her find a solution to her problems. Entangled in a web of deceit and danger, Nishan must navigate through these ordeals to preserve her independence, protect her family, and realize her ambitions for a better life.
A rising star on the Ethiopian film scene, writer-director-editor Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn has crafted a thrilling feature that twists and turns while effectively developing a strong set of characters.
Nishan is a strong new feature from Ethiopia and marks the film community in Addis Ababa as an exciting new film center to watch." Seattle International Film Festival
A film by Kurat pictures Plc, and in coproduction with Filmgalerie 451, Berlin.
Shot in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia.
Initial release: February 25, 2013
Director: Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn
Running time: 105 minutes
Screenplay: Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn
Producer: Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn
Main cast: Bertukan Befkadu, Feleke Abebe, Tewodros Sifraye, Alebachew Mekonnen, and more.
Music composed by: Pawlos Regassa, Abrham Tesfaye