Katanga Nation

Katanga is a bustling district of Addis Ababa where many locals dream of making it big in the capital. Enkehone, a street vendor from the countryside, lives in Amele Mamo’s makeshift hostel. Both are part of this struggling community on the brink of extinction, as city developers edge ever closer to their derelict neighbourhood.

Beza Hailu Lemma is an Ethiopian filmmaker based in Addis Ababa. He has written,
directed, and independently produced factual tv content and several short films, including Ballad of the Spirits (2017), and Katanga Nation (2022), the latter of which was screened in competition at Visions du Réel. Beza was an artist in residence at Bundanoon in Australia (2017) and the Realness Screen Writing Residency (2019). He has also participated in Berlinale Talents, TIFF Filmmakers Lab, L’atelier in Cannes and Produire au Sud.