„When nothing is sure, everything is possible“
Ethiopia 2008. Far from the modern western world two 12-year-old boys are bound by a strong friendship. They grow up together in the small village of Ganda Abdi until one day both their friendship and their attitude towards life are dramatically changed by one single photograph. The two best friends start to go their separate ways, as Emra leaves his village to find a camera in Addis Ababa. Dabo continues to live in the village and pursues his dream of becoming a successful marathon runner. At age 18, Dabo qualifies for the preselection of the Olympic marathon team and moves to the capital city where his friend Emra had arrived several years earlier to seek his fortune.
Dabo learns that Emra, who was believed dead, had become a street child in Addis Ababa and he begins to search for him. During this search, the audience is immersed in a world determined by the quest for true friendship, inner strength and the meaning of one’s own destiny.
“EMRA & DABO” is the story of a friendship – an optimistic and authentic movie, inspired by true events that show that everything is possible, when nothing is sure.
The story of “EMRA & DABO” is also the story of Jan Philipp Weyl. As a result of his comprehensive volunteer work for the foundation “Menschen für Menschen – Karlheinz Böhms Äthiopienhilfe” (Humans for Humans – Karlheinz Böhm’s initiative to help people in need in Ethiopia), Jan Philipp was personally invited in 2005 by Mr. Böhm to accompany him on a twelve-day trip to Ethiopia to check on development projects. Jan’s impressions of his stay in Ethopia were so intense that he felt the need to capture them in the script for his film “EMRA & DABO”. To further develop his script he traveled back to Ethiopia in 2008 – captivated by the country. He extended his initial stay of 7 weeks to 9 months.
“Much of the film script reflects my own experiences and has been implemented in the most authentic way possible. Several years ago, I was just a man from the Western world who took pictures of two boys of Ganda Abdi village and showed them their image on the display of my camera. It was incredible to see how amazed they both were when they first recognized each other and only then themselves in the picture. Their fascination and enthusiasm about the magic of their image was simply indescribable. It was an impression that has captured me ever since and that directly influenced my film script,”
says Jan Philipp Weyl, scriptwriter, director and producer of the movie.
„With this movie, I‘d like to show that regardless of location and social circumstances one of the most important human duties is to pursue a goal or ideal. Those who strive to achieve these goals or ideals with all their strength and courage will live their personal successes. If I don’t have a dream for which I am determined to do my utmost, is there really anything to live for?,”
added Jan Philipp Weyl.
The film crew for ”EMRA & DABO“ consists of 18 German nationals and is completed by an Ethiopian crew, which means 25 film professionals in total, with every crew member working under a contract that provides for profit-based compensation only. A large portion of the idealistic filmmakers’ project has already been financed by private means and with the considerable help of our supporters and promoters. To be able to complete the project, the young filmmakers have decided to start a crowd funding campaign on www.indiegogo.com.
”We are currently in the final preparations for the movie and we hope that we will be widely supported. We are aware that only a few people are truly waiting for us since the movie has not been completed yet. But the two boys from Ganda Abdi whose I picture I took did not wait either. It was obviously worth the wait and you can see it on our homepage in the form of trailers and photos. We hope that we can convince as many of you as possible about our project, even before the start of our campaign.”
“EMRA & DABO” is expected to be released in March, 2014. Check out the official trailer right below: