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Ambaradan: Begging for Adventure

Story by Max Power - max.power@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos from ambaradanthefilm.tumblr.com Video by AlterazioniVideo


(Ding, ding, ding!)

This is awkward for me. I hate public speeches, but I am truly thankful to all of you for coming. We all know that the bottom line of this event, as Louis C.K. would put it, is: “Fuck me in the face, but give me enough dough to shoot my film in Ethiopia”.

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Now, I know that I should try to be more romantic about it, convincing all of you about the epic quality of this project, and to do so I will start by reading a poem:

“Style is the answer to everything. A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it
To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art
Bullfighting can be an art
Boxing can be an art
Loving can be an art
Opening a can of sardines can be an art
Not many have style
Not many can keep style
I have seen dogs with more style than men,
although not many dogs have style.
Cats have it with abundance.
When Hemingway put his brains to the wall with a shotgun,
that was style.
Or sometimes people give you style
Joan of Arc had style
John the Baptist
Jesus
Socrates
Caesar
García Lorca.
I have met men in jail with style.
I have met more men in jail with style than men out of jail.
Style is the difference, a way of doing, a way of being done.
Six herons standing quietly in a pool of water,
 or you, naked, walking out of the bathroom without seeing me.”

– “Style” by Charles Bukowski

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The Omo Valley Tribes of Ethiopia have style. The Hammer tribe has style, the Mursi, the Suri, the Ari, the Kuegu have style. But when you lose your identity, you lose your style. The Nazis knew this very well. You can’t lose your style. These tribes are in danger. Like all tribes, they are in danger of losing their style.

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Monsanto bought all the land around them, Italian and Chinese corporations built the biggest dam ever made in Africa, on their river. Their future is written: fieldwork in Monsanto suits. They are going to lose their style—This is a fact—but not yet. Before that happens we want to shoot a Turbo Film together. We, as Alterazioni Video, want to help them use their style to defend themselves through our media, just because we admire their style.

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We do have a plan: The plan is to fly to Ethiopia, get together a bunch of natives and shoot an incredible and unique Turbo Film with them.

What’s a Turbo Film you may ask:
Turbo Film is a film genre that lies somewhere between Spaghetti Westerns and YouTube neo-realism; where improvisation, adventure spirit and quality performance get mixed up through a good dose of rock and roll, warm beer and parties. I won’t bullshit you, it’s a lot of fun shooting Turbo Films. Unfortunately, they don’t fit anywhere
yet. Not too artsy, not too serious. Not long enough, not clear enough. Stupid, but not funny. Never politically correct, but real. Real as a punch in the face, real as her hand on your balls.

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We are going to form a rock band with the native dudes and we are going to make some fucked up fiction together. To do so, we need your money and your support. If you have any question about the film just keep it for yourself because we do not know the answer, yet. Let’s imagine a future together, an epic one.

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