"Selam New york! Indetnew Chicago?" (Hello New York! How are you Chicago?) "Welcome back sosie…did u forget me?"
I was warmly greeted back to minalesh terra by my body guard Gedion, the most feared and respected gangster in Merkato. He also buys and sells used car parts in minalish terra. He has been a major influence on the making of this film. Beyond his guidance and protection, he has truly become a main character to this project. His unique perspective has been on my mind these last couple months away. It took lots of trust building and mind games (the merkato way) but I finally got him to be in the film. So I have been in addis for the last three weeks story building mostly without my camera, taking sound interviews until I was ready to start building images again.
"One day I will make it out of here...Merkato made me but now i'm ready for more."-Gedion