Staying Put

Staying Put

While his friends are dreaming of a modern and better life in Europe, Abebe travels through ancient Ethiopia, trying to find crucial answers and a way towards a meaningful life. In an observational style, we follow the young Abebe in his personal quest.


The future is uncertain, his journey erratic. The centuries-old scenery of impressive landscapes, monasteries and rock-hewn churches is undisturbed. The reality of daily life and Abebe’s magical dreams merge into each other. 


Filmmaker Nico Bunnik shot and developed this film over a period of 5 years together with Abebe and his friends. Close to the bone, from Abebe's perspective we follow him in his thoughts and quest.

Director / Camera / Sound:     

Nico Bunnik


Nico Bunnik, Marion van der Gun

Cast / Crew / Story:

Abebe Efrem Walle

Wogen Tsegaye Endeshaw

Abush Zekarias

fixer / driver / translator:

Abrham Tsegaye Endeshaw


deBun Studio

Language: Ahmaric, English

length: 120 min

Budget: €20.000 (crowdfunding and private)

Shot in Ethiopia, 2016-2020

subtitles: English, Dutch, Azerbaijani

"The film clarifies and humanises the subject of poverty, drought, future prospects and migration in a penetrating way that really appeals to the imagination."

deBun Studio