No iD is a two minute short dance film, exploring themes of identity. Ideas of how one view oneself, the perception by others and the sometimes disconnect of the two. A person's complex soul and self-image is seen as a multitude of layers in a physical state.

Set against the backdrop of a lonely stretch of road in the desert, the story is told through the style of a dance battle where the protagonist end up facing themselves.

  • Emnet Mulugeta
  • Emnet Mulugeta
  • Emnet Mulugeta
  • Martha Nabwire
    Key Cast
  • Maele Sabuni
    Key Cast
  • Yared Tilahun Cederlund
    Key Cast
  • Maria "Decida" Wahlberg
  • Simon Olsson
  • Maria "Decida" Wahlberg
  • Richard Cooperman
  • Verdi Sevenhuysen
    Visual Effects
  • Important Looking Pirates
    Visual Effects
  • Up To No Good
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    2 minutes 50 seconds
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    June 6, 2014
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  • San Jose International Short Film Festival
    San Jose, California
    October 12, 2014
    North American Premiere
  • Capital City Film Festival
    Lansing, MI
    April 12, 2015
  • Zero Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    April 8, 2015
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    April 26, 2015
  • Hollywood Shorts Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    April 19, 2015
Director Biography - Emnet Mulugeta

Emnet Mulugeta is a director, designer and photographer, currently based in Los Angeles. Born in Eritrea, Emnet began his directing career as an art director and animator, developing an affinity for an eccentric mix of cultures and visual expression. He earned his degree in Graphic Design from University of South Australia in Adelaide. In 2008 Emnet directed a dance-centric promo for the tv-show Nip/Tuck, garnering international attention and winning multiple awards. In recent years, Emnet has alternated commercial work with narrative short films and documentaries, most notably an upcoming short doc on the legendary hiphop duo Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth.

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Director Statement

This dance short is truly a project of passion. Self-financed and produced, it all came about as an exploration of identity, both within myself and those with a similar background. I was born in Eritrea, fled to Sweden as a refugee of war at a young age which where I grew up and am now living in the US.

The sense of identity and the sense of home was always a a shifting thing as I didn’t quite fit in with being an Eritrean nor a Swede. I was kind of somewhere in the middle. Dance was always a universal form of communication to me, free from the limitations of the spoken word, so it felt natural to go on this visual exploration thru movement of the human body.