Troubled by his younger sister’s desire to leave Ethiopia and join him in Germany, director Solomon Mekonen describes in EMAILS TO MY LITTLE SISTER how he feels the ‘white gaze’ perceives him.

In cooperation with DW Akademie 

EMAILS TO MY LITTLE SISTER digital, OF m. engl. UT, 38 min


Solomon Mekonen is an Ethiopian filmmaker and researcher based in Berlin. He has a master’s degree in Visual and Media Anthropology from Freie Universität Berlin. He has also received a bachelor's degree in New Media Communications from the Assumption University of Thailand followed by a Cert.H.E. from MetFilm School Berlin upon completion of a one-year Practical Filmmaking course. He is interested in visual storytelling using film and research grounded in anthropology. In his spare time, he is found among friends and family or out in a forest with his bicycle.

Ansgar Vogt works for the DW Akademie as a project manager for the Film Industries team and the Communication, Consultancy and Training department. He is also head curator for the Cartagena International Film Festival, Colombia. He previously spent 15 years as a member of the selection committee and a Forum programmer for the Berlin International Film Festival, and he has also worked as a script developer and dramaturg for German film production companies. For many years, he was an assessor for the Balkan Development Fund of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and worked as a reader for the editorial department of ZDF’s Das kleine Fernsehspiel. He received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which saw him teaching film analysis and script development at SungKyunKwan University in South Korea. At the 18th AFFK, he will be moderating the cooperative event with the Deutsche Welle Akademie on East Africa, as well as the film discussion with Ethiopian director Solomon Mekonen.