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MERKATO Journeys through the largest open air market in Africa, documenting the daily lives of four merchants and their interconnected relationship with the market. Amidst the hustle and bustle of this magical place, the visually gripping, poetically-felt portraits illuminate the fragile and universal nature of the human condition. The film explores the living testimonies of Hawa, the oldest woman working in Merkato; Gideon, an ex-gang member looking for redemption; Ashenafi, a young dreamer learning how to make it; Wurro, a young woman responsible for her own success. As their livelihoods are on the verge of being transformed by incoming strip malls and parking lots, this social documentary is a tribute and celebration of the people who live, work, and dream in Merkato.

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