Ruth Gebreyesus, a writer and producer based in the Bay Area, is currently the cocurator of Black Life.
Amleset Muchie, Alebachew Mekonnen, Dirbwork Seyifu, Haddis D. Tadesse,
Addis Ababa’s colorfully chaotic Merkato—Africa’s largest open-air market—provides the memorable setting of this vibrant work about a young woman attempting to escape the grind of poverty, for whom a lifelong talent becomes her way out. An indomitable spirit—and some good footwork—gets the otherwise luckless “Speedy” Selam through her daily grind; mainly busy running errands for her neighbors and dealing with her just-as-downtrodden boyfriend, she suddenly finds her life changed after a chance encounter with a running coach. Ethiopia’s legendary runner Haile Gebrselassie cameos in this inspiring, open-hearted tale of Ethiopian endurance, spirit, and faith.