Finding Sally

A personal investigation into the mysterious life of the director’s aunt Sally, an Ethiopian aristocrat-turned-communist-rebel who disappeared during the Ethiopian Revolution.

Göteborg (2020)

SA Premiere

Availability &
Screening Time:

300 tickets
Sat 22nd Aug/ 8.30pm + Q&A @ 9.50pm


Tamara Mariam Dawit


Canada | Ethiopia



Running Time:

78 min


Amharic | English

Finding Sally investigates the remarkable story of a 23-year-old woman from an upper-class family who became a communist rebel in the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party. Idealistic and in love, Sally gets caught up in her country’s revolutionary fervour and lands on the military government’s most-wanted list. Thereafter, she goes underground and is never seen again by her family. Four decades later, director Tamara Dawit pieces together the mysterious life of her Aunt Sally, who only comes to her attention when she notices a portrait hanging above her grandmother’s fireplace. Her quest leads her to question notions of belonging, personal convictions, and political ideals at a time when the country is once again going through significant political changes.

Co-presented with DIFF
Our live, online Q&A with the Director took place on Sat 22nd Aug @ 9.50pm. You can find the recording of it on our YouTube channel.