Stand Up, My Beauty
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Stand Up, My Beauty

  • Heidi Specogna
  • 2021
  • 110 min
  • Amharic
In modern-day Ethiopia, women unite through storytelling, music and motherhood.

Nardos, an Azmari singer from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, yearns to tell stories about the lives of ordinary people through her music. Her dream is to write her own song that denounces the blatant discrimination against women in the East African country.

In search of stories for her songs, she meets Gennet, a poet who lives on the streets with her children.

As Nardos puts the lives of Ethiopian women, their visions, and their power, at the centre of her creation, we dive deeper and deeper into a rapidly changing country. The women Nardos meets share tales of the hardships they’ve endured, unearthing the traumas of the nation’s recent history. By sharing their stories through traditional music, the women foster an enduring and inspiring bond.

Stand Up, My Beauty is directed by award-winning German filmmaker Heidi Specogna. Specogna’s 30-year career is characterised by in-depth research and a tendency to explore topics that may have fallen out of the news cycle but nevertheless remain deeply relevant to our world.

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