I won't bear no more

Adugna(30) trains his players on roads littered with dumped bodies of “anti-revolutionaries” and anti-government leaflets as he tries to juggle family disapproval with his desire to build a great football team at a dangerous time.
At a time when every young man not affiliated with government-approved structures risked torture and death, with a round-the-clock curfew in place to monitor illegal activities, it wasn’t long before the football team’s “rising stars” were under government surveillance.
Eventually many of the young players of the football club are put in jail and tortured, while the coach’s wife urges him to quit his passion.
But not before one last assignment where his players’ tormentors coerce him into a bizarre match between a government-approved team and his team of rising stars. If he doesn’t agree to the match he will be killed or imprisoned, he knows.
The match ends with the coach’s team winning against the government favourites, annoying government officials.
Defiant to the end, the “rising stars” chant anti-government slogans as they’re loaded en route to the prison, from which many would never leave, it is implied.

  • Abraham Gezahegne
    Mizewochu , scent of a lemon
  • Abraham Gezahagen
    scent of a leamon
  • solomon Gashaw
  • Fortuna Moguse
  • Birhanu degafea
    Key Cast
  • Tesefaye Yemam
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 57 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 19, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    4k, HD
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    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Leza Audience film and music Award
    Addis Ababa
    September 22, 2016
    Best Audience chose film of the year
  • GUMMA FILM Award
    Addis Ababa
    March 13, 2017
    Best film,Best directing, best actor, best supporting actor, best score, best promising actor.
  • Film Africa festival
    United Kingdom
    November 3, 2017
    European premium
  • Durban international film festival
    South Africa
    August 10, 2017
    South Africa primer
  • Silcon valley's Africa film festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
Distribution Information
  • formod multimedia
    Country: Ethiopia
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Abraham Gezahegne

Abraham Gezahagne has joined film making profession after his graduation from Addis Ababa University with school of Theater Arts. His passion on film forced him to divert his attention from theater direction to film making.

With his debut in short film GITIMU (The poems, 2004) and so many TV commercials and music video; he can manage to work in a production company MEGA Creative (MCAC) as a creative production manager.

Abrahams first feature length film was MIZEWOCHU (The Best Men, 2008) won best directing and screen writing category In Ethiopian International Film Festival (EIFF).it was a romantic comedy by genre and dealt on the perspective of young people toward marriage.

In 2010/11 he directed a fifty two episode TV serial production called GEBENA (The Secret) which was pioneer in episodic length and the most popular drama ever produced in the history of Ethiopian TV serial.

Following the serial TV drama, Abraham has come up with his second feature LOMI SHITA (The Scent of Lemon, 2012) which dealt on the neglected aspect of legal frame works to the unseen crime, which is moral crime. Then after, he works for Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs as a creative production manager of photo comic book production.

After his second production Abraham was worked as a 1st AD in the film Mandela’s Gun, 2015 which was directed by the famous English director John Erwin.

Currently, Abraham has directed his third feature called YENEGEN ALWOLDEM (I Won’t Bear Tomorrow 2016). The film has dealt on causing a stir for probing what was probably Ethiopia’s most bloody period, the “Red Terror”, from the mid to the late 1970s.

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Director Statement

TIME is the most neglected concept within the Ethiopian social culture and the least researched phenomena in academics. The versatility and the span of philosophical interpretations of time have not yet came in the artistic and intellectual arena as discussion point. I believe time is the governing force of individual behavior seizer to the specific and nation direction monitor in general. Unless we respect and flow accordingly with this abstract phenomenon, it’s inevitable to escape from the negative repercussion of time harm.
It has begun in 1977 with the urban guerilla fighters of EPRP killing the ruling military junta top officials. Too anxious for the action, the ruling junta responded with the most catastrophic massacre of youngest that the country has never seen in its history. Around half a million of suspected EPRP youngsters was tortured, detained, raped and murdered. The darkest time it was. Even families were under a state of unfaithfulness. No one was save to tell history at that time. I don’t believe those all bad events were the result of individual and state brutality. No. The core problem, for me, was neglecting the abstract concept time. Almost all the participant of the then event that I interviewed is now in a state of regenerate. Now these people are good and ordinary. Not as was in the past. Time has given them a lesson. That is why I reach in the conclusion of circumstance and situation intervene with the abstract concept time has governed every event in the world. Now, so what I am to try to say through this film is to respect time, use it as a back mirror of vehicles and respect the current time not only to prevent the nation to go backward but also to accelerate forward.
Moreover, I want to narrate from the neutral perspectives. During that historical period, almost every individual was affiliated to either party. Even This categorization has been passed all the past 40 years and reflected up on most of literary and visual arts. There is this Ethiopian saying goes like “Mehal safari behulet tiyet yemetal” (the middles will always hit by two bullets). The saying underlines, the most risky societies were the middles that do not affiliated to either of the parties. I want to narrate the middles.