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The White Ethiopian

Title: The White Ethiopian
Original title: Der Äthiopier
Format: two hours, HD
Starring: Juergen Vogel (THE WAVE, THE FREE WILL)
Paula Kalenberg
Thomas Thieme
Sayat Demissie
Selam Tadese
Nina Proll
Robert Gwisdek (THE WEEKEND)
Directed by: Tim Trageser
Produced by: MOOVIE presents a Oliver Berben and Günter Rohrbach production in association with Beta Film for ARD Degeto and WDR
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The White Ethiopian

Based on the short story by Ferdinand von Schirach (SHADES OF GUILT)

The law wants him in jail. Common sense wants him in Africa.

Frank has found true love in the unlikeliest place, a remote Ethiopian village of coffee planters. Everybody helps out with the back-breaking work, even the delicate Ayantu, who nursed Frank back to health when he was found nearly dead. And now Ayantu, a young widow, has fallen in love with the white man who has decided to stay in the village. Ayantu marries him, and a child is on its way. Frank is accepted by all (save for members of a rival clan), at the latest when he devises a pulley system that transports the heavy sacks of coffee beans. Frank learns Aramaic and uses all of his money to buy a truck for the village. But the money isn't his: Frank is a thief who's wanted by the German police. Caught again, he's taken to Germany, where the junior lawyer Sophie is assigned to his case. What she relates to the court is the heartbreaking, devastating story of a petty thief who flew to Ethiopia to escape from the police – and who wants nothing more than to go back to his wife, his child, and to the villagers who have accepted him as one of theirs.