Red Terror Poster | © Dominik Gerlach
Short Film | 2007 | Drama, Politics | Germany

Main data

Shooting data

Number of shooting days7

Project data

Budget30.000 AUD
Length of movie18 min.
Picture formatCinemascope (1 : 2,39)
Picture material negativeSuper 16
Picture material positiveHDV
Sound formatDolby surround (4 Kanšle)

    Brief synopsis

    Red Terror tells the story of an Ethiopian family in the 1975 revolution. During the time of the Red Terror the Ethiopian army forces every first born male to join the battle against the rebellious liberation front. Scared of the ruthless dictatorship Mahari sends his son Alemu away to hide from the military forces. But when the army arrives at the village to take the sons they take Mahari instead; leaving behind his wife and his younger son Tatek.. Unable to bear this burden, Alemu trades himself for his father and joins the army while Mahari reunites with his family. In a twist of fate the army returns to the village presenting the dead body of Alemu to the village, to make clear how they handle disobedience. This leaves Mahari with a tough decision to make.


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
    Daniel SeyoumAlemu [L]
    Yemane Yosief AbrahamCol. Birhanu [SR]
    David JadunathMahari [SR]
    Senayt MehbratuGenet [SR]


    Camera Departmentdirector of photographyJustin Cerato
    Director's DepartmentdirectorJoel Jonsson
    MusiccomposerStefan Carlsson
    Producerfreelance producerDominik Gerlach
    Production Designart directorLiv Ask
    ScreenplayscreenwriterDawit Fesseha

    Production companies

    Bond University [au]
    Dominik Gerlach Productions

    Distributing companies

    Ouat Media Inc. [ca]


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Joel Jonsson2007Bond University Screening [au]Best DirectorWinner
    Liv Ask2007Bond University Screening [au]Best Art DirectionWinner
    Dawit Fesseha2007Bond University Screening [au]Best ScreenplayWinner
    Dominik Gerlach2007Bond University Screening [au]Best PictureWinner
    Dominik Gerlach2007Wildsound Filmfestival [ca]Audience Award - Best PicutreWinner