My Future

a film by Lieven Corthouts
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.

Hagere Selam, a small village in the North of Ethiopia. A seventeen-year old girl has to choose between leaving her village to attend high school in the big city, or staying, get married and having children like the other girls in her village.

About the director

Lieven Corthouts is a self-taught filmmaker who travelled the world before living in Ethiopia for 10 years. There he made 2 feature documentaries: My Future and Little Heaven. Both films are about teenagers and their fight to get further up in life, brought in a very intimate and optimistic way. 
Later, Lieven has released the feature length documentary The Invisible City [Kakuma] in April 2016 and his crossmedia project Find Me in Kakuma in 2017.


Written & directed by
Lieven Corthouts


Steve Thielemans
Wim Helsen
Sien Versteyhe
Girmay Haile Mariam

Edited by
Nathalie Cools

Tsega Kiros Zebreabruk
Girmay Haile Mariam
Haile the taxidriver in Addis Abeba
Awet Desta Aregawi

Awards & festivals

First Award Best Debut Film Miradasdoc
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 2009

Official selection New York International Independent Film & Video Festival
New York 2009

Official selection Docville
Leuven Belgium, 2009

Official selection Trois continentes Film festival
Nantes, France,, 2009

Official selection international short and documentary film festival
Belgrade, 2009

Official selection international film festival of Huesca
Spain , 2009

Official selection international short and documentary film festival Edic Doc
Edinburgh, UK, 2010

Official selection Ethiopian film festival
Addis Abeba, 2010

Broadcasted by ARTE (France, Germany), TV3 (Spain), CIRTEF/TV5 MONDE (Conseil International des Radios-Télévisions
d’Expression Française), TVI24 (Portugal)

Production Details

an Off World production

With the support from
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF|FILM)
Belgian Development Cooperation | DG-D