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A Story Of Love Coffee And The American Dream

A new addition to my site which just landed on my virtual desk this morning.

The film is called
13 Months of Sunshine and tells the story of an Ethiopian man (already a U.S. citizen) who marries an Ethiopian woman so she can get a green card and become a legal resident of the United States. In exchange, her family pays him $20,000, enough to open up his own dream business - an authentic Ethiopian coffee house.
During the year-long naturalization process, the new couple must learn to live with each other, finding that the marriage of convenience becomes complicated through love, jealousy, and the clash of cultural values each must face in following their dreams.

The filmmaker's name is Yehdego Abeselom who was born and raised in Ethiopia. From the film's website: he arrived in the United States at the age of 18... moved to California to attend Chapman University, where he directed and produced several short films...

For screening info and more interesting specifics about the film go here:

Here's the trailer:


  1. albertine said...

    This looks interesting. I'd see it, if I lived in L.A. I hope it travels.

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