Edward Said, “Reflections on Exile”

Exiles look at non-exiles in resentment. They belong in their surroundings, you feel, whereas an exile is always out of place. What is it like to be born in a place, to stay and live there, to know that you are of it, more or less forever?



It’s 1997 in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace, and 10-year-old Abai is on a quest to find fresh batteries for his Casio keyboard for one last music lesson with his older brother Sam before seeing him sent back to their native Eritrea indefinitely.

Director: Zia Mohajerjasbi
Principal Cast: Joseph Smith, Natnael Moges, Rahwa Habte, Eyobe Alemu, Shiwanesh G. Hadgu
Country: USA
Year: 2015