Private Project

I've Seen So Much

Sintayehu Tesale is an Ethiopian carpenter. But not only. He is an inspiring person; one of those who leave a mark on you when you meet him. He is persevering, he is positive, he boosts your strength, he encourages you to stand up. He is, in summary, a motivational person. Maybe, part of this strength comes from his own struggles, from his own experience, from the fact that he is one of the few carpenters in the world who does not use his hands, but his feet, due to an undiagnosed disability. This is the story of Sintayehu, the story of his life.

  • Gonzalo Guajardo-Fajardo
  • Gonzalo Guajardo-Fajardo
  • Gonzalo Guajardo-Fajardo
  • Sintayehu Tesale
    Key Cast
  • Chris Zabriskie
  • Rasmus Sonderriis
  • Amanda Álvarez
  • Christelle Gérand
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Social, Short, diability, documentary
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
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    HD, (Amharic with ENG subtitles)
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Director Biography - Gonzalo Guajardo-Fajardo

Always dedicated to the image field, Gonzalo started working with videos quite early during his childhood, when he discovered his love for movies, making several short films with his friends. He was soon concerned that he should dedicate his life to this field.

Born in Spain, Gonzalo got a degree in Audiovisual Communications & Liberal Arts, and continued his higher education in the USA and Central Europe, where he could explore new fields of photography, mainly architectural and entertainment

Gonzalo has spent the last six years in Ethiopia, been also involved in the cooperation field and learning every day something new about the Horn of Africa and its people. His projects in Ethiopia are many, he has worked for different NGOs and companies , such as France´s TV5Monde, Japan´s NHK (Japan Broadcasting Coorporation) TV or Spanish´s Movistar 0+.

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Director Statement

Meeting Sintayehu was quite an experience. I saw him on the street doing a public workshop and I approached him:
“Can I have your number,” I asked.
“Why,” he replied, curious.
“Because I´d like to know more about you,” I said to him.
The rest is history. I interviewed him and followed him for few days and this is the result. To me, this is an example for all of us who complain about stupid things.
Everything is possible. Nothing is impossible.