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Sweetness in the Belly

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Synopsis

Abandoned in Africa as a child, following a visit to the Sufi shrine in Bilal al Habash, Lilly is taken in by the shrine’s spiritual leader Great Abdal and brought up there as a devoted Muslim. At 17, she leaves for Ethiopia, where she falls in love with an idealistic doctor. With civil war looming, danger grows. Lilly is forced to flee to England. She finds home in a friendship with Amina, a refugee from Ethiopia who has fled the same war, and together they begin a mission to reunite people with their scattered families. We soon discover that Lilly’s mission isn’t purely selfless and Amina has buried a secret that she is trying to flee.
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2019 - Discovery - World premiere

Details

Year
2019
Type of film
Features
Running Time
110 mins
Director
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
Producer
Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny, Alan Moloney, Susan Mullen
Executive Producer
Mehret Mandefro, Adrian Sturges, Laura Bickford, Fiona Druckenmiller, Patrick Roy, Christina Kubacki
Editor
Susan Maggi
Screenwriter
Laura Phillips (screenplay), Camilla Gibb (novel)
Director of Photography
Tim Fleming ISC
Production Designer
Paki Smith
Music
Todor Kobakov
Principal Cast
Dakota Fanning, Wunmi Mosaku, Kunal Nayyar, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

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Last updated 22nd August 2019

Production Company

A Sienna Films (CA), Parallel Films (IE) production

Parallel Films UK
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Company

HanWay Films
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