A Fool God

Ein dummer Gott
Without hesitation, Mesi relieves her younger brother of the task of slaughtering a rooster. When her mother dies shortly afterwards, her grandmother lays the blame at Mesi‘s feet: by disobeying religious commandments, she has drawn God‘s wrath down upon the family. Unable to make sense of her grandmother‘s rigid rituals, Mesi takes a closer look at the old legends and creates her own understanding of belief and justice.
by Hiwot Admasu Getaneh
with Haimanot Mulugeta, Naif Feysel, Alemayehu Maremi, Seble Tirfe, Merid Tadios, Bekele Assefa, Beretlhem Tadesses, Elnathan Henok
France 2019 Amharic 20’ Colour recommendation: 11 years and up


  • Haimanot Mulugeta (Girl)
  • Naif Feysel (Boy)
  • Alemayehu Maremi (Grandma)
  • Seble Tirfe (Mother)
  • Merid Tadios (Farmer)
  • Bekele Assefa (Uncle)
  • Beretlhem Tadesses (Woman with Her Baby)
  • Elnathan Henok (Baby)


Written and Directed byHiwot Admasu Getaneh
CinematographyJulia Mingo
EditingNicola Sbrulati
Sound DesignBenjamin Laurent
SoundTristan Pontécaille
Production DesignTamrat Yared (Kidus)
CostumesHana Yeshitila
Assistant DirectorEden Bekele
CastingSelamawit Mar, Girun Birhanetsehay
ProducersMarie Dubas, Sylvain Rapaud
Executive ProducerHenok Mebratu
Co-ProducersDavid Danesi, Claire Marquet
Associate ProducerElias Ribeiro
Co-ProductionDigital District, Paris

Hiwot Admasu Getaneh

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1988. After studying engineering, she joined the Blue Nile Film Academy where, in 2015, she directed her first short film New Eyes, which screened at the Venice and Toronto international film festivals. Her short documentary, Letters from Ethiopia, was selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents and Durban Talents, the TIFF Talent Lab, the Addis to Cannes exchange programme and the Locarno Summer Academy and has participated in the Realness African Screenwriters Residency.

Filmography (short films)

2015 New Eyes 2016 Letters from Ethiopia; short documentary 2019 A Fool God

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020