Grapheme [excerpt / stills] 35mm film transferred to digital/ Sound/ ongoing/ 2021. A learning tool to study the Amharic alphabet (one of the Southern Semitic languages spoken in Ethiopia). The full script of 33 characters, each one with seven forms of pronunciation, determined by the shape. The minimal changes in the shape of the letter changes its vowel, and consequently, its sound. This writing system is studied and memorized independently from speech.