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Yenegen Alwoldem - I won't bear no more

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117 minutes / 2016
Director: Abraham Gezahagne
Country: Ethiopia
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.