Adwa

This film captures the independence and determination of the Ethiopian people. In response to the "Scramble for Africa," or carving up of the African continent by European colonizers following the infamous Berlin Conference of 1880, Ethiopians from all provinces and ethnic groups unified to defend their homeland from an Italian takeover. No one expected the Ethiopian army to successfully fight the well-trained and armed Italian army.

Initial release: 1999

Director: Haile Gerima

Running time: 1h 36m

Genre: Documentary

Ashes and Embers

An embittered veteran of the Vietnam War attempts to come to terms with his past and his current place as a black man in America.

Initial release: November 17, 1982 (USA)

Director: Haile Gerima

Running time: 2h 0m

Screenplay: Haile Gerima

Producer: Haile Gerima

Starring: John Anderson, Norman Blalock, Evelyn A. Blackwell 

Bush Mama

Bush Mama is the story of Dorothy and her husband T.C, a discharged Vietnam veteran.

Initial release: September 1979 (USA)

Director: Haile Gerima

Running time: 1h 37m

Screenplay: Haile Gerima

Music composed by: Onaje Kareem Kenyatta

Starring: Barbara O. Jones, Johnny Weathers, Cora Lee Day

Sankofa

A model (Oyafunmike Ogunlano) on a photo shoot in Ghana encounters an old mystic (Kofi Ghanaba) who transports her into the past, where she becomes a slave.

Initial release: May 28, 1993 (USA)

Director: Haile Gerima

Screenplay: Haile Gerima

Music composed by: David J. White

Starring: Mr. Lafayette, Joe, Lucy, Shango, Nathan, Noble Ali 

YETUT LIJ: A film by Haile Gerima

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Join Haile Gerima, the award-winning filmmaker behind TEZA, SANKOFA & BUSH MAMA, on a new journey.

YETUT LIJ /የጡትልጅ/ is an Amharic phrase, that crudely translates to "Child of the Breast." It’s a term typically used to refer to any child taken in and raised by someone, other than their biological parent. The title imitates the harsh and complex realities that Haile Gerima wants to address in his new film.  

The story takes place in 1960’s Ethiopia, 20 years after the Italian occupation.

Aynalem, a 13-year-old peasant girl, gets adopted by a wealthy judge's family and taken away from her own, with the promise of an educated upbringing and a better life.

Contrary to this promise, she is instead forced to work as a domestic servant. Yet, despite the close watch and cruelty of her employers, she meets and falls in love with an ordinary police man, named Tilahun.Though, he manages to help her escape her circumstances, Tilahun finds Aynalem years later, in the clutches of another formidable captor.

Please support this film on Indiegogo 

Dukale's Dream

Dukale's Dream - a journey to the birthplace of coffee

Actor Hugh Jackman traveled to Ethiopia as an ambassador for World Vision Australia, one of the largest humanitarian aid organizations. While there, Hugh met a young coffee farmer named Dukale, working to lift his family out of poverty.

After spending time on Dukale's farm, Hugh realized that something as simple as a cup of coffee could have a profound impact on global poverty. Hugh was so inspired by what he learned from Dukale that he made—and kept—a promise that is revealed in this inspirational documentary.

Director Josh Victor Rothstein

Actors

Hugh Jackman

Deborra-Lee Furness

Dukale

Tim Costello

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Assefa Tofu

Adanesh

Tekele Mammo

Documentary: 1 hour 10 minutes

The World's first Ethiopian Sci-fi Flick


Miguel Llansó’s CRUMBS may just be the best Ethiopian postapocalyptic science-fiction movie ever made. True, it’s also the first and only of its kind in existence. But that just adds something.

Set at an unspecified point in the future, the film introduces us to its world long after Earth’s population has begun to “decrease, wane and languish like the dying flame of a candle that barely resists extinguishing itself.” This depopulation isn’t the same existential threat portrayed in Children of Men, in which all women suddenly became infertile a number of years earlier; it’s more a result of, and resignation to, the ways our worst qualities overwhelm our better nature. Countless movies feature supervillains who justify their apocalyptic schemes by claiming that they’re actually saving the planet, not destroying it; perhaps CRUMBS takes place decades or even centuries after one of them finally succeeded.

Read more: The World's First Ethiopian Sci-Fi Flick | Performance | OZY 

 

Crumbs - the world's first Ethiopian Sci-fi flick

Miguel Llansó’s CRUMBS may just be the best Ethiopian postapocalyptic science-fiction movie ever made.

True, it’s also the first and only of its kind in existence. But that just adds something.

Set at an unspecified point in the future, the film introduces us to its world long after Earth’s population has begun to “decrease, wane and languish like the dying flame of a candle that barely resists extinguishing itself.” This depopulation isn’t the same existential threat portrayed in Children of Men, in which all women suddenly became infertile a number of years earlier; it’s more a result of, and resignation to, the ways our worst qualities overwhelm our better nature. Countless movies feature supervillains who justify their apocalyptic schemes by claiming that they’re actually saving the planet, not destroying it; perhaps CRUMBS takes place decades or even centuries after one of them finally succeeded.

Read more: The World's First Ethiopian Sci-Fi Flick | Performance | OZY 

 

Latest Awards

Special Mention of the Jury - Los Angeles Film Festival.

Critics Mention - Cine Ceará - Brazil

Best Film (Young Jury) - Cine Ceará - Brazil

 

Upcoming Festivals

· Brussels Film Festival (Belgium)

· FEST New Directors, New Films (Portugal)

· Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal)

· East End IFF (UK)

· Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Switzerland)

· European Film Festival Palic (Serbia)

· Fantasia IFF (Canada)

Lamb - an Ethiopian boy and his pet sheep

Lamb is a 2015 Ethiopian drama film directed by Yared Zeleke

When an Ethiopian boy moves in with distant relatives he takes his pet sheep with him but the upcoming holidays spell danger for his beloved friend.

It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film FestivalIt was the first Ethiopian film to be included in the Official Selection.

Written by Yared Zeleke in collaboration with Géraldine Bajard.

Starring Rediat Amare, Kidist Siyum, Welela Assefa

Cinematography by Josée Deshaies

Edited by Véronique Bruque

Ethiopia. 2015. 94 min. Colour. Amharic with English subtitles.

See reviews in

  • BBC News "An Ethiopian film, Lamb, is causing a stir at Cannes"
  • The Guardian "Sheer brilliance knits together first Ethiopian film at Cannes"
  • The Hollywood Reporter "Ethiopian filmmaker Yared Zeleke's first feature looks at a little boy who loves cooking much more than plowing the land"
  • Variety "Strong female characters and a sympathetic young protag distinguish Yared Zeleke’s debut feature"

 

ASNI

Asni Courage, Glamour & Passion in Ethiopia - a film about Asnaketch Worku ''Ethiopia's Edith Piaf'', an Ethiopian singer, actor and dancer. 

Rachael Samuel's documentary focuses on the life of the jazz diva, chronicling her rise to stardom and her legacy on the Ethiopian music scene.

Asnaketch was deemed very controversial in the  deeply conservative Ethiopia of the 1950s and 60s.

“When I was a 4-year old kid in Addis-Ababa listening to my father’s radio I heard a singer who mesmerized me. In an unknowing visceral response, Asnaketch Worku took root in my soul. Decades later it was an almost pre-destined privilege to direct a documentary on this extraordinary artist who is as much a cultural icon to Ethiopians as Billie Holiday is to Americans and Edith Piaf to the French. Asnaketch lived her life on the edge of her artistry, over the edge of her passions. But to separate Asnaketch from the social and political climate of conservative Ethiopia, particularly in 50’s and 60’s was impossible. Artists in that time were looked down upon, called derogatorily, “Azmari”, which the church deemed as, “…those not going to heaven.” So this doc is as much about my country, my music, my culture as it is about this original being, Asnaketch, who is a substantive part of the fabric of Ethiopia, past and present.” –Rachel Samuel, Director

Ethiopia2013. 80minColourAmharic with English subtitles.

Review

TADIAS  "New Film by Rachel Samuel Profiles Legendary Musician Asnaketch Worku"