Documenting the ‘spaces’ in Addis

Faced with rapid growth and urban development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, Felix Heisel and Bisrat Kifle set out to document old and new ways of living in the city.

“Disappearing Spaces” is a cinematic documentary on the use of space in the informal parts of Ethiopia’s capital. Looking at one typical house for the duration of 24 hours, one can notice how a single room can serve for most daily functions.

“Emerging Spaces” is a cinematic documentary on the use of space in the redeveloped parts of Addis Ababa. Looking at one typical condominium for the duration of 24 hours, one can notice how its inhabitants changed the spaces according to their accustomed needs and traditions.

“Supporting Spaces” is a cinematic documentary on the use of street space in Ethiopia’s capital. Based on the life’s story and experience of one selected listro (shoe shiner), this movie tries to tell a generic experience of thousands of migrants in Addis Ababa. Looking at one spot in the area of Piazza for the duration of 24 hours, one can notice the importance of micro economies as part of the public realm.

“Recycling Spaces” is a cinematic documentary on the use of space allocated to this recycling cycle in Ethiopia’s capital. Based on the daily routine and experiences of one selected Kuré-Yalew, this movie tries to tell a generic experience of thousands of inhabitants in Addis Ababa. Interviews with the Kuré-Yalwes and experts give further insight into the topic.

For more on the ‘spaces’ series visit spacesmovie.com.

Main image: screenshot from “Supporting Spaces.”

 

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