Along with Beshir’s artistry, one of the film’s key assets is its filming location, the historical city of Harar in Eastern Ethiopia.
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Courage is a foreboding film, especially at the very ending; an excerpt from the re-staged play Discover Love thematizes the events from the late 90s, when a businessman and an opposition leader where kidnapped and executed by the OMON.
Like their relationship towards the life and the civilization, Vinka and her mother Obrenija remain completely untouched by the fact that someone is filming them in order to tell their story.
The story of Kombinat does not necessarily revolve around the titular steelworks factory seen in the opening scene and many times later on, but its presence is significant both for the film’s subjects and for the industrial city of Magnitogorsk