Ethiopian Run

A Film by Christoph Oertli


A group of young Ethiopians is gathering in a hall. Some of them instruct the others what to do by calling them by their names. Each student faces the camera for a moment. Later, other formations inside the hall are taken, which happens through performative actions: new shoes are put on, a starting line is marked on the floor and the group gets ready to start a race. The young Ethiopians represent a new generation outside of the western world, and our gaze must withstand their powerful presence.


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    Christoph Oertli

    Born 1962 in Winterthur/Switzerland, lives and works in Basel/Switzerland and Brussels/Belgium. Education: ZHdK Zürich, Graphic design; Swiss Television Zürich, stage design; FHNW Basel, audiovisual design. From 1995: videotapes, video installations, documentary videos, video for dance and theater. Works 1995-97 on cruise-ships around the world, lives 1998-2000 in Montréal/Canada and 2002-07 in Paris, then moves to Brussels. 2000-02 lecturer for video Fachhochschule Vorarlberg/Austria. 2004-16 guest lecturer HSLU Lucerne/Switzerland.

Awards + Festivals

  • 51st SOLOTHURNER FILMTAGE (WorldPremiere, Official Selection, Solothurn, )January 21, 2016
  • 18th VIDEOEX, EXPERIMENTAL & VIDEO FESTIVAL ZÜRICH (Official Selection, Zürich, Switzerland)May 24, 2016
  • 27th FID, FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE CINÉMA MARSEILLE (Official Selection, Marseille, France)July 12, 2016
  • KINONO_1 (Special Screening, Fine Arts Exhibition, Tinos Island, Greece)August 12, 2016
  • FESTIVAL KUGOMA - 7th FORUM DE CINEMA MOÇAMBIQUE (Official Selection, Maputo, Moçambique)September 9, 2016
  • SWISS VIDEOART IN SIBERIA @ NCCA, The National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Special Screening, Tomsk, Russia)September 16, 2016
  • FIAC PARIS (Cinéphémère, Jardins des Tuileries, Paris, France)October 23, 2016
  • EDINBURGH ARTISTS' MOVING IMAGE FESTIVAL (EAMIF) (Take Time, EAMIF Showcase, Scotland)November 24, 2016
  • 14th INTERNATIONAL SHORT & INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dhaka, BangladeshDecember 3, 2016
  • 18th MADURAI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 6, 2016
  • SWEET AS FILM FESTIVAL DECEMBER’S EDITION (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)December 22, 2016
  • 8th MADATAC – ACONTEMPORARY FESTIVAL OF NEW MEDIA ARTS & ADVANCED AUDIO VISUAL TECHNOLOGIES (Official Selection, Centro Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain)January 12, 2017
  • FESTIVAL OF TOLERANCE - JFF ZAGREB (Official Selection, Croatia)April 8, 2017
  • 1st FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DEL CONO SUR (Official Selection, Valparaíso, Chile)April 20, 2017
  • 6th CARMARTHEN BAY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wales)May 8, 2017
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cyprus)May 11, 2017
  • 1st INT'L INDEPENDENT PERMANENT MEMORIES FESTIVA 2017 (Official Selection, Italy)June 8, 2017
  • 3rd MINIKINO FILM WEEK - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BALI (Official Selection, Denpasar, Bali Indonesia)October 7, 2017


Christoph Oertli
Christoph Oertli
Christoph Oertli
Director of Photography
Aurelio Buchwalder
Thomas Jeker
Christoph Oertli
Sound Design
Thomas Jeker


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