The Athlete

  • Year: 2009
  • Directed by: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew
  • Produced by: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew, Darryn Welsch (AV Patchbay)
  • Country: United States, Ethiopia, Germany
  • Duration: 89'
  • Genre: Fiction
FICA Festival Peliculas El Atleta


A unique approach to the life of Ethiopia’s top athletics champion: Abebe Bikila, the first African athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games.

Shot in 35mm, the film shows scenes of enormous beauty, combining genres such as biopic, drama and documentary, while also making references to the political situation in the Ethiopia of the time. 


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