“Good Coffee” is the first-person story of Ethiopian civil war refugee Keleme Bayu. In this documentary, we witness one example of the often resilient power of hope in the lives of those affected by mass violence. Ms. Bayu is no faceless refugee or merely a “victim” of her life’s circumstances. Rather, she is a moral agent who uses her agency to improve the living conditions of her family across nations and to build a life that creates meaning in difficult times. Unlike other contributions to this issue, “Good Coffee” does not focus on agents of violence. Rather, it highlights the moral agency of those who must live with its effects.
By Wes Browning
Wes Browning is a filmmaker dedicated to telling stories that capture the human spirit.