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.
SCREENING: Crowley Theater – Friday Oct 16 9:00AM
Category: Narrative Short
Director: Zia Mohajerjasbi
Producer: Kirby Grey
Co-Producer: Saman Maydani
Assistant Editor: Felipe Marmolejo
Cinematographer: Nicholas Wiesnet
Production Designer: Kirby Grey
Cast: Joseph Smith, Natnael Moges
Zia Mohajerjasbi is an Iranian-American filmmaker hailing from Seattle, a city that has served as the primary focus of his work. Zia has produced critically-acclaimed music videos for Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Jake One and Common Market, and a 2007 mockumentary short with standup comedian Hari Kondabolu, Manoj. In 2009, Zia became the youngest winner ever of the “Genius Award,” presented by The Stranger. Hagereseb is Zia’s first narrative film.