Private Project

Many Love

Saron discoveres that her younger brother Abi has committed a crime by raping her boyfriend’s little sister. She persuaded herself that Abi has done this due to his illness that kept him lonely for years and decided to help him escape out of the country before he get caught. Her boyfriend Bereket knew what she has planned and tries to stop her but he couldn’t. In the end, it all comes down to Saron and her morals, can she go through her plan?

It is a powerful story depicting emotionally a very serious subject. It offers a very moving argument of struggle we may face between choosing love or justice when it concerns someone very close to us.

The film offers an authentic Ethiopian experience while delivering a story that is very universal and would resonate with audience anywhere in the world.

  • Rediat Abayneh
    Director
  • Rediat Abayneh
    Writer
  • Semagngeta Aychiluhem
    Producer
    My Happiness
  • Hanna Merhatsidk
    Key Cast
    “Saron”
  • Dawit Almaz
    Key Cast
    “Bereket”
  • Daniel Mulu
    Key Cast
    “Abi”
  • Bezawit Ayalew
    Key Cast
    “Bereket's Sister”
  • Eshetu Asnere
    Key Cast
    “Saron's Uncle”
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    ብዙ ፍቅር
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Ethiopia
  • Country of Filming:
    Ethiopia
  • Film Language:
    Amharic
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Rediat Abayneh

Rediat Abayneh is a freelance animator and Film-maker based in Bristol. Her works are mostly inspired by the culture, story and art of ancient Abyssinian. She also have a strong interest working with digital paintings as well as running creative workshops for young people.

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Director Statement

Around 5 years ago I went back home for holiday. A family friend, who also used to be one of my close friends tried to rape me. The next day everything went back to normal. I never mentioned this to my family since he is like a family to us and his parents were there for us when we needed them so I felt bad to speak out what he has tried to do. I have talked about it with my other girl friends but it turns out they all have experienced this in one way or another, so some how it felt normal.

Few years later, growing up as a woman with a different perspective of life, the incident begins to bother me again. It stops being normal. The more it bothers me the more I started to discuss it with other people. It is shocking how many of us (girls) gives excuses to these guys to get away with this. This was how Bzu Fikir was born.

Most of my findings after talking about this matter with other women was they didn’t do anything about it mainly due to embarrassment, self guilt, and because they didn’t want to hurt other people who would be affected.

Bzu Fikir encourages us, the viewer, to speak out. We experience the film mostly from the criminal’s sister point of view. She is in a position to help her brother escape before he gets arrested. It is not as easy we think to let someone we love face punishment. It is easy for us to forgive our loved ones no matter what they do but that doesn’t mean we should. I wanted to remind others and myself that we need to stand against any types of rape crimes.