My future

Lieven Corthouts

Info

a documentary film by Lieven Corthouts, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund and DGOS.

A young Ethiopian girl living in a small village is waiting for the result of the national exam. A result on which her future will depend.

In My Future Director Lieven Corthouts followed a eighteen years old Ethiopian girl, Tsega, for more then 3 months, during the most important period of life: she just finished her national exam, and now she has to wait for her results, on which her future will depend. She is living along with her mother, brothers and sisters in very poor condition in a quit isolated village in the North of Ethiopia, where old religious and social traditions ruling their lives. If she succeeds, she gets the chance to unfold her talents, if she fails, she will have to stay in the village, get married, get children…

Tseag is dreaming of a better future, and wishes to get a university degree in the big city. Therefore, she needs to succeed for her national exam, but the day the results are proclaimed, her result seems to be missing…

My Future tells the touching story of a young intelligent girl with expectations and dreams, just as the same aged young people in our Western world have.
Behind the beautiful background of the magnificent ground and culture of Ethiopia, we’re really dropped by this story into the hard day life reality of Tsega and the little village she’s living in.

Credits

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY LIEVEN CORTHOUTS
CAMERA LIEVEN CORTHOUTS
SOUDN ENGINEER STEVE THIELEMANS, SIEN VERSTEYHE, WIM HELSEN
EDITED BY NATHALIE COOLS                           
SOUND MIX PETER VAN LAERHOVEN

Director

Lieven Corthouts
 
Date of Birth: 15/01/1975

DOCUMENTARY (FUNDRAISING VIDEO) FOR SIDDHARTA AND YENEGA TESFA
(BOTH ETHIOPIA)  (NGO), NOVEMBER 2009 - FEBRUARY 2010  
Script, camera, editing

SCRIPT, DIRECTOR (CAMERA) AND EDITOR - CGIAR (ILRI) — SEPTEMBER 2008 -
SEPTEMBER 2009  

Documentary on Apiculture in Bure (Amhara), Ethiopia  
Web films (15) for the Gene Bank and Forest Diversity in Addis Ababa  
Documentary about Fodder in Debre Zeit (Oromo), Ethiopia  
 
SCRIPT, DIRECTOR AND CAMERA — OFF WORLD, JANUARY 2007 - FEBRUARY 2009  
Documentary film ‘My Future’  

Funded by Flemish Film Fund and the Belgian Development Cooperation 
 
SCRIPT AND DIRECTOR , SEPTEMBER 2005 - AUGUST 2006  
Reportage film ‘A long distance dream’  

Broadcasted by VRT (Belgium), ZDF (Germany) and the Swiss television

DIRECTING, CAMERA AND SOUND - ENFRENTE ARTE, NOVEMBER 2002 - MAY 2003  
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Trailer

Awards / Festivals

FIRST AWARD BEST DEBUTE FILM, Miradasdoc, Sancta Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (2009)
Official selection New York independent film festival (New York and Los Angeles), 2009
Official selection Edic Doc, Edinburgh, UK, 2010
Official selectionDocville, leuven, Belgium, 2009
Official selection International film festival of Huesca, Espagne, 2009
Official selection Two riverside International film festival (first film). Waschau, Pologne, 2009
Official selection Ethiopian film festival, addis Abeba, 2010
Official selection Addis Ababa international film festival, Ethiopia, 2009
Official selection Belgrade international short and documentary film festival, Belgrado, Serbia
Official selection Trois continentes Film festival, Nantes, France, 2009
Cinema release in Addis Abeba, 2009
special screenings for students, teachers,...


broadcasted by ARTE (France, germany), TV3 (Spain), CIRTEF/TV5 MONDE (Conseil International des Radios-Télévisions d’Expr