"Tesfay" uses dance, narrative, and documentary to tell the true story of Witch Prophet's late grandfather, Tesfay, who raised 5 daughters as a single father in Ethiopia. We shot the video during lockdown in Ontario, Canada (legally of course) with a teeny tiny budget and a crew full of passionate first-timers who pulled off some serious miracles to make it happen. The video's concept came from a desire to capture Tesfay's essence and tell a broader story about the multi-generational impact of positive father-daughter relationships that are grossly underrepresented in media. By collaborating with the brilliant choreographer and dancer, Josh Taylor, dancer Olivia Ruth Power, and composer SUN SUN we were able to create something really special inspired by Witch Prophet's beautiful music and familial stories.
Leah Vlemmiks is a self-taught filmmaker, writer, and photographer. She began making films last year after spending several years as an advertising writer and art director at DDB, J. Walter Thompson, and others. Her first music video "Tesfay" for Witch Prophet (2020) was an Official Selection at the SXSW 2021 Film Festival, the 2021 Rhode Island International Film Festival, the 2021 Aesthetica Short Film Festival, the 2021 Urban World Film Festival and was nominated in the Top 10 for the 2021 Prism Prize, honouring the best Canadian music videos of the year. Leah won Best Director at the 2021 Women in Film & Television Showcase. Her work has been featured in The Fader, Complex, Vogue, CBC Music, and more.