Know Your Place - TFF CLOSING NIGHT
CAST: Joseph Smith, Natnael Mebrahtu, Selamawit Gebresus DIRECTOR: Zia Mohajerjasbi TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL 2022 | OCT. 13, 2022 | MASKS OPTIONAL
In this debut feature by Writer-Director Zia Mohajerjasbi; Robel Haile, an Eritrean-American boy of 15, embarks on an errand to deliver a huge and heavy suitcase across town destined for a sick family member in his parents' homeland. He enlists the help of his best friend Fahmi Tadesse, when an unexpected turn transmutes his simple task into an odyssey across the rapidly gentrifying city of Seattle; navigating directions to make his delivery on time, along with the challenges of familial responsibility, self identification, and dislocation amid the ongoing redevelopment and economic displacement of the only community he's ever known as home.
JOIN US FOLLOWING THE SCREENING FOR A POST-FILM DISCUSSION WITH THE FILM'S WRITER-DIRECTOR, ZIA MOHAJERJASBI. MODERATED BY AUTHOR/DIRECTOR CHARLES MUDEDE. TAIGA DINGER of JANKULAND WILL DJ THE CLOSING CELEBRATION AFTER THE DISCUSSION.
ZIA MOHAJERJASBI CHARLES MUDEDE
In the pre-gentrification days, one did not need a tech job or large inheritance to access the darkling light of Seattle, its large population of big and leafy-thick trees, its glorious sunsets, and even the calming music of its rain. In this film, Mohajerjasbi presents something that is entirely new (if not revolutionary): a political economy of urban beauty.Charles Mudede, The Stranger