How to tell Gunshots from Fireworks

How to tell Gunshots from Fireworks
Starring Olympic athlete Melat Kejeta

Documentary | Ngong Hills, Nairobi (Kenya) | 2022 | Amharic + Eng. Subs.

This intimate portrait tells the story of German runner Melat Kejeta through exclusive footage of her preparations for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. A restless woman of Ethiopian descent who has become a world-class athlete, Melat must defy adversity at a training camp in Kenya, just a stone’s throw from the country she was forced to flee nine years ago.

NOWNESS presents
https://www.nowness.com/series/endurance-test/how-to-tell-gunshots-from-fireworks

Short of the Week presents
https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2022/08/17/tell-gunshots-fireworks/

HOW TO TELL GUNSHOTS FROM FIREWORKS, Directed by Philipp Groth
https://www.instagram.com/philipp_groth/

Co-Directed by Tsellot Melesse
https://www.instagram.com/tsellot/

CREDITS

Based on the story of Olmpic athlete Melat Kejeta
https://www.instagram.com/melat_kejeta

CREW

Directed by Philipp Groth
Co-Directed by Tsellot Melesse
Director of photography: Anton Beliaev
Producer: Philipp Groth, Tsellot Melesse
Editor: Philipp Groth
Colorist: Dima Litvinov
Agency: Jojo Agency
Score/ Music: Philipp Groth
Final sound mix: Gabe Postle
Title design: ABC Dinamo
Archive Footage: RTVA, BBC
Additional Material: Veronica Lyn, Florian Reichelt, Martin Sadoux, Angelique Perdikes
Special thanks: UAL, ARRI, Jojo Agency, 27 Kilometer, Mira Um, Jeremy Williams, Zadoc Nava

This story is based on actual events. In vertain cases incidents, characters and timelines have been changed for dramatic purposes. Certain characters may be composites or entirely fictitious.

DIRECTOR BIO

Philipp Groth is a visual artist and filmmaker born at the Franco-German boarder. His films often address the conditions under which larger economic, cultural, and sexual relationships have tangible effects on the fortunes of individuals. He received his M.A. from the University of the Arts London where he was trained in the traditional craft of narrative and documentary film and has since expanded his interdisciplinary practice, with focus on moving image and installation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His works have been shown at insitutions such as the Tribeca Film Center New York, Koenig Gallery Tokyo, Tate Modern London and the Goethe Institute. Collaborators include the David Lynch Foundation, Louis Vuittons Artistic Director Virgil Abloh and Flash Art Magazine among others.

BIO CO-DIRECTOR

Tsellot Melesse began her career in casting and film production before working her way up to directing. Drawing on her own experiences as a child of Ethiopian migrants growing up in Germany, she is passionate about researching the stories of overlooked groups in our society and telling them on screen.

CONTACT

studio@philippgroth, www.philippgroth.com
info@actetm.com, www.actetm.com
www.howtotell.live

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