“PAPER BOATS” (US/ETH/SPA, 2019)

“Paper Boats” Official Poster, designed by Jennifer Hinkle

“Paper Boats” (United States, Ethiopia, Spain, 2019) is a short drama (15 minutes) based on a few episodes of the memoir “How Long Can a Paper Boat Float?” written by the Ethiopian American artist, Abezash Tamerat.

The story unfolds both in the US and Ethiopia between the 1980s and today, depicting the struggles, defeats and triumphs of the main character during her childhood in Ethiopia, her departure to the US, dramatic events as a teenager, life with a new family and trip back to Ethiopia. 

We knew that the adaptation would be challenging, but we believed that it was a story that needed to be shared. The process took an emotional toll on both of us, bringing us to seek professional therapy. Today, we both agree it has been worth it both for the movie and for our relationship. 

Paper Boats is the tale of someone who lost her childhood and tries to find her place in the world. It’s a story of love conquering hatred against all the odds.

Paper Boats is the tale of someone who lost her childhood and tries to find her place in the world. It’s a story of love conquering hatred against all the odds.

Written by Gonzalo Guajardo

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