I'm an Ethiopian-American filmmaker based out of San Francisco, CA. I've lived in various different cultures throughout my life, and my passion for cinema comes from my desire to use visual storytelling to bridge social and cultural barriers. Two people may not have a language, culture, or history in common, but when they're sitting in a dark room watching a story unfold, at that moment, they can have the exact same experience. Growing up in places where I was considered a foreigner, these kinds of experiences were some of the moments I felt most closely connected to those around me.
I want to create unique genre films in order to provide audiences of all backgrounds with an imaginative landscape distinct from that of mainstream media. I want to use cinema to present ways for marginalized groups to see themselves in stories separate from the marginalization that, despite characterizing part of our experiences, can sometimes become a box that we are forced to try to fit into.