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Set against the Ethiopian abandoned children crisis, “The Other Side” follows two orphan brothers faced with the reality of never being adopted. Inspired by a true story.

Days before his 18th birthday, Abel (Ethan Herisse, "When They See Us") finds himself about to age out of his orphanage and leave his younger brother, Kiya, behind. But when a prospective adopting couple threatens to break their relationship apart, the brothers wrestle with waiting for a dream that may never be fulfilled.

To learn more about how "The Other Side" is working to promote local solutions in Ethiopia, please visit www.theothersideshortfilm.com.

McLean, VA, USA
Awarded by President Obama and the House of Representatives for his United Nations film on human rights, Josh Leong is a writer/director from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Through "The Other Side", Josh seeks to combat the Ethiopian abandoned children crisis through narrative film. Starring Ethan Herisse from Ava DuVernay’s Emmy-winning Netflix series “When They See Us”, the film is based on the true life story of an Ethiopian orphan Josh met in 2018. Winning Best Young Filmmaker at the Worldview Film Festival in Houston, Josh has since worked with Bryce Dallas Howard's Nine Muses Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, and Oscar-winning studio, The Mill. more...

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