13 Months of Sunshine

Abeselom Productions presents a film about love, coffee, and the American Dream written, produced, and directed by Yehdego Abeselom.

Saturday, June 07, 2008
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Culver Plaza Theatres
9919 Washington Blvd.
Across the street from Sony Studios and the Kirk Douglass Theatre
Culver City/Los Angeles, CA


  • Sammy Amare, Tsion Fikreselassie, Salem Dawit, Aaron Arefe, Delaine Knight, Yehdego Abeselom, Mimi Asseffa, Marcos Belete, Tim Bragaw, Eskedar Demissie, Jilber Ferri, Gedion Ismael, Senait Mengstab, Yonas Mulugeta, Sesen Negash, Katherine M. O'Connor, Steve Sabo.

Inspired by true events and set in Los Angeles, against the backdrop of Little Ethiopia, 13 Months of Sunshine is the story of an Ethiopian man, Solomon (Sammy Amare) who marries Hanna (Tsion Fikreselassie) so she can get a green card and become a citizen of the United States. In exchange, her family pays him enough money to open up his own dream business--an authentic Ethiopian coffee house.  During the year-long naturalization process, they must learn to live with each other, finding that the marriage of convenience becomes complicated through love, jealousy, and the clash of cultural values each must face in following their dreams.

Solomon has integrated into American society, but he does not have the drive or money to achieve what he really wants in life. When the opportunity arises for him to get some money, he jumps at the chance, but must face his traditionalist parents, who are concerned that his illegal marriage might land him in jail. Hanna is a beautiful Ethiopian girl who is quickly drawn into the world of fashion. Meeting Morris Benton (Delaine Knight), a fashion agent specializing in Ethiopian models, Hanna learns that the world of modeling forces her to question her traditional values in the face of pressure to conform to American standards.

The call of coffee, of fashion, and the unspoken desires of each character all collide in a colorful, comedic, and heartwarming tale that speaks both to the immigrant spirit and to the American dream. As Solomon and Hanna draw closer together they discover that life is filled with things that complicate and confuse them, and they must decide what is important.

Film Dates/Times:
Friday, June 6 at 9:30 PM
Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 8 at 4:00 PM

Ticket prices:
$5.00 matinee - all shows before 5PM
$4.50 seniors (60+) - all day
$4.50 children (ages 2-12) - all day
$7.00 adults - all shows after 5PM

Senior Citizens…Culver's Special Senior (60+) day is now every Thursday!  Every Thursday all day showtimes are only $3.50 for senior citizens. This isn’t the only special deal for seniors—the Theatre is also offering seniors a special concession combo tray (popcorn, fountain drink, and candy) for only $3.00!

Street parking (watch the signs), metered parking, and pay parking in the theatre lot.


For more information please contant:

Culver Plaza TheatresTel: 310-836-5516



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