Director: Jessica Beshir
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 2016
Running Time: 7 min.
Language: Harari and Oromiffa with English subtitles

For the past 35 years, Yussuf Mume Saleh journeys at night to the outskirts of the walled city of Harar to bond with his beloved hyenas.

Ewir Amora Kelabi

Director: Sewmehon Yismaw
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 2016
Running Time: 85 min.
Language: Amharic with English subtitles

Based on a true story, this film chronicles the life of Major Tibebu Mesfin, who worked for the Dergue Regime in Ethiopia. During this time of ideological struggle and infighting among the regime’s leadership, Tibebu disappears and his wife is captured, imprisoned, and tortured. Years later, fueled by a deep-seated desire to help his ailing mother, Tibebu’s son leaves the town of Gonder to search for work. The result is an unpredictable adventure, the story of how far one man will go to fulfill his destiny, and a tale for the ages about the resilience of the human spirit.


Director: Yared Zeleke
Countries: Ethiopia
Year: 2015
Running Time: 94min.
Language: Amharic with English subtitles


When Ephraim, an Ethiopian boy, is sent from his homeland to live with distant relatives, he takes his beloved sheep with him. One day, his uncle announces that he will have to sacrifice his sheep for the upcoming religious feast, but Ephraim is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home.

Yared Zeleke

yared zelekeBiography: Yared Zeleke, who was born in Ethiopia, worked for a number of NGOs in the United States, Ethiopia, Namibia, and Norway, before embarking on a directing career. Yared has written, produced, directed and edited several short documentaries and fiction shorts. He has also worked with the director Joshua Atesh Litle on the documentary The Furious Force of Rhymes, which received a number of awards. In 2015, Yared completed his first feature-length movie, Lamb, filmed on the high plateau of northern Ethiopia.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Lamb (2016).

Full (2009);
Housewarming (2009);
The Quiet Garden (2009);
Lamb (2015).

Hermon Hailay

Biography: Hermon Hailay, is one of Ethiopia’s leading female film writer/directors, with several critically and commercially successful films to her name: Baleguru (2012), Yaltasbrew (2013). In 2014 she was one of the five young Ethiopian filmmakers chosen to attend the Cannes Film Festival “From Addis To Cannes Workshop”. The filmmakers were chosen from a significant group of applicants from Ethiopia’s promising film community.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Price of Love (2016).

Baleguru (2012);
Yaltasbrew (2013);
Price of Love (2015).

Price of Love

Director: Hermon Hailay
Countries: Ethiopia
Year: 2015
Running Time: 99min.
Language: Amharic with English subtitles

Teddy, the son of a prostitute who grew up on the streets after his mother’s death, desperately tries to avoid the temptation of his old ways of chewing khat and drinking. His only support system is his priest, who bought him a taxi license on the condition that he live a decent life away from his past. But after Teddy intervenes in a fight between a prostitute, Fere, and her ex-boyfriend, who sells women to “work” in the Middle East, his taxi is stolen by the latter as leverage. As a result, Teddy finds himself caught up in a relationship with Fere, and during the search for the car, they discover the price of love.

Upcoming NYC Screenings: Miners Shot Down & Crumbs


The Coalition of Peace Organizations of the U.N. is presenting a screening of Miners Shot Down on Friday, October 16th at 7:30. This FREE event will take place at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.

Presented in Association with The Source Magazine and AFF.

MINERS SHOT DOWN Trailer from Icarus Films on Vimeo.

In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a strike for better wages. Six days later, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. What emerges is the country’s first post-colonial massacre. Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low paid workers against the combined forces of a mining company, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.

Director Rehad Desai will be present for a post-screening discussion.

Free admission. Donations will be accepted.

The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center is located at:

3940 Broadway
(between W. 165th & 166th streets)
New York, NY 10032

The Ethiopian surrealist sci-fi, Crumbs will be opening in New York on Friday, October 23rd at Cinema Village.

Crumbs is set against the background of spectacular post-apocalyptic Ethiopian landscapes, where the film finds a strange-looking scrap collector, Gagano. Alternately gripped by daydreams and constant fears, the diminutive Gagano has had enough of collecting the priceless crumbs of decayed civilization, including the most valuable: merchandise from Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan. When a spaceship that has been hovering high in the sky for years starts showing signs of activity, Gagano has to overcome his fears – as well as a witch, Santa Claus and second-generation Nazis — to discover things aren’t quite the way he thought.

Click here for showtimes and tickets! The filmmaker, Miguel Llanso, will be in attendance at the 7:15pm and 9:15pm shows on Friday and Saturday!

Olisarali Olibui and Ben Young

Biography: Olisarali Olibui grew up in remote Mursiland where, after seeing westerners with cameras, he realised that film making was a way of showing the world Mursi culture. He was sent to Australia by the local mission to learn English and this skill gave him the means to pursue his interest. He was given a video camera and started documenting his tribe activities. He then met a journalist, Peter Moszynski, who introduced him to film maker Ben Young and they made the film, Shooting with Mursi, together.

Biography: Ben Young has edited and directed numerous films about people in the remotest regions of the world. He is a freelance West Australian director experienced in television drama, short film, commercials, and music videos. He lived with the Wodaabe in Niger and spent two months in the Amazon.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Shooting with Mursi (20011).

Shooting with Mursi (2009).

Olisarali Olibui

Biography: Olisarali Olibui grew up in remote Mursiland where, after seeing westerners with cameras, he realised that film making was a way of showing the world Mursi culture. He was sent to Australia by the local mission to learn English and this skill gave him the means to pursue his interest. He was given a video camera and started documenting his tribe activities. He then met a journalist, Peter Moszynski, who introduced him to film maker Ben Young and they made the film, Shooting with Mursi, together.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Shooting with Mursi (20011 – Ben Young).

Shooting with Mursi (2009 – Ben Young).


Lightning Strikes

Director: Theo Eshetu
Countries: Ethiopia and Italy
Year: 2010
Running Time: 8 min.
Language: English


In 1935, the Italian army stole a historical monument from the city of Axum: a 24‐meter high granite obelisk dating from the 4th Century AD. In 1947, as part of a peace treaty, the Italian government agreed to return the obelisk. For decades, it reneged on its promise. Only in 2005, and after countless delays, was the monument returned. Theo Eshetu’s experimental documentary recounts this repatriation.

Ermias Woldeamlak

Biography: Ermias Woldeamlak is a graduate of Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University and the National Film and Television Institute in Ghana. Woldeamlak, a New Directions selected director, has always had a passion for film. As a scriptwriter for the Ethiopian Film Corporation and currently a director for the Ethiopian Television Agency, he has successfully utilized his insight into the visual medium to develop his fledgling film career. He has worked as a commentary writer, production manager, and director on a variety of short films and documentaries.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Father (2007).

The Father (2001).

Daniel Taye Workou

Biography: Daniel Taye Workou, born 1969, in Berlin. He graduated in International Relations and worked for several NGO’s before entering the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University. He went on to shoot music documentaries, videos and concert films. He is the cofounder of BiraBiro Films, Ethiopia. Menged, his first fiction short, was shot in and around his grandfather’s village in Ethiopia.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Menged (2007).

Menged (2006).

The Dance of King David

Director: Axel Baumann
Country: Ethiopia and USA
Year: 2011
Running Time: 33 min.
Language: English and Amharic

The film is based on a dance King David performed in front of the Ark over 3000 years ago and which is still practiced today during the Jewish festival of Simchat Torah and the festival of Timkat in Ethiopia. The film is a beautiful journey through the ancient and modern worship of this object.

Salem Mekuria

Biography: Salem Mekuria, originally from Ethiopia, is an independent writer, producer, director, videographer, and a video installation artist. Her award winning documentary films and video installations feature Ethiopian subjects and have been shown internationally. She has worked for PBS’s NOVA series and with numerous international production houses, focusing on issues of African women and development. Her film Ye Wonz Maibel (Deluge – 1996) is a personal account of the Ethiopian student revolts and their brutal aftermath. Other works include Our Place in the Sun (1988), As I Remember It – A Portrait of Dorothy West (1991), Sidet: Forced Exile (1991), Ruptures: A Many-Sided Story (2003), Imagining Tobia (2006-7) and Square Stories (2010). Among the numerous honors she has received are: a Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2005-06; Fulbright Scholar award, 2003-04; The New England Media Fellowship, 2001; the Rockefeller Foundation’s Intercultural Media Fellowship, 1995; Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest International Artists Residency Fellowship in 1993; a fellowship at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Harvard University, 1990-92; the Massachusetts Artists Foundation Award in 1991. Salem Mekuria has also been the Luella LaMer Professor of Women’s Studies in the Art Department at Wellesley College.

– AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Ye Wonz Maibel [Deluge] (2000).

Our Place in the Sun (1988);
As I Remember It – A Portrait of Dorothy West (1991);
Sidet: Forced Exile (1991);
Ye Wonz Maibel [Deluge] (1996);
Ruptures: A Many-Sided Story (2003);
Imagining Tobia (2006-7);
Square Stories (2010).

Haile Gerima

Biography: Haile Gerima is an award-winning and critically acclaimed independent filmmaker. Born in Ethipia, he is perhaps best known as the writer, producer, and director of the 1993 film Sankofa. What inspires the filmmaker is a tireless devotion to the art of independent cinema and the vision of a uniquely innovative cinematic movement that stresses a symbiotic relationship between African Diasporan artists and the larger community.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.28)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Harvest: 3,000 Years [Mirt Sost Shi Amit] (1976).

Hour Glass (1971);
Child of Resistance (1973);
Harvest: 3,000 Years [Mirt Sost Shi Amit] (1976);
Wilmington 10 – U.S.A. 10,000 (1979);
Bush Mama (1979);
Ashes and Embers (1982);
After Winter: Sterling Brown (1985);
Sankofa (1993);
Imperfect Journey (1994);
Adwa: An African Victory (1999);
Teza (2008).

Zelalem Woldemariam

Biography: Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Zelalem Woldemariam started his career as a Marketing Professional gathering over 10 years experience in different organizations. In 2006 he wrote, directed and produced a full-length feature film entitled The 11th Hour. In Ethiopia, the film stood out from other Ethiopian films for its high production value. The film also obtained critical acclaim for its compelling story from international audiences as well as film festivals it participated in.

In 2010, Zelalem directed and produced a 14-minute short film entitled Lezare (For Today) which is about the efforts of a community to take action that will have a lasting impact on global warming, but their actions are thwarted by an individual’s instinct for survival. Lezare won several outstanding awards and honors.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The 11th Hour (2007);
Lezare [For Today] (2012, 2013).

The 11th Hour (2006);
Lezare [For Today] (2009).


Also Known As: For Today
Director: Zelalem Woldemariam
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 2009
Running Time: 15 min.
Language: Amharic

Lezare is a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in a small village in southern Ethiopia, using beautiful visuals to deliver a powerful message about global warming and shortsightedness.

Jeans and Martò

Directors: Claudia Palazzi and Clio Sozzani
Countries: Ethiopia / Italy
Year: 2011
Running Time: 52 min.
Languages: Amharic / Afaan Oromo

The story of a young Ethiopian pastoralist who escapes his arranged marriage to fulfill a dream. An apparently normal student who is willing to reach a balance between his tribe’s customs and the dream of becoming an educated man. A life straddled between tradition and modernity, and a commitment to discover the good in both.

Theo Eshetu

Biography: Theo Eshetu was born in London in 1958 and spent part of his childhood in Ethiopia. He received a degree in Communication Design from North East London Polytechnic and has been working as a video artist and photographer in Italy since 1982. He established White Light Productions in 1986, intending to innovate television programming, and has since received several prizes for his work, including the First Prize at the 1993 Berlin Video Festival for Travelling Light. He works with documentary formats, experimental film, video installations, and photography; covering a wide range of subject matter. He seeks to promote a subjective, personal, and art-based approach to a medium that is now associated with mass communication.

– AFF, Inc.
Through African Eyes – Dialogues with the Directors, BONETTI Mahen and REDDY Prerana (Editors), 2003, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.112)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Blood Is Not Fresh Water (2000);
Brave New World (2003);
Africanized (2003);
Body and Soul V.3 (2006);
Lightning Strikes (2010).

Rites of Passage (1983);
Thunder and Lightning (1983);
Another Time Another Place (1984);
My Better Half (1984);
La Morte in diretta (1984);
Back to Zero (1985);
That’s Life [Questa è vita] (1986);
L’Altro Mondo (1987);
Seshoku (1987);
Nativity (1989);
La Madonna di Theo Eshetu (1990);
Travelling Light (1992);
La Nascita di Dionisio (1994);
One for You, One for Me and One for Raffael (1994);
Mass Memory (1994);
Horses [Cavalli] (1994);
Flying with Birds [Volare con gli uccelli] (1995);
Sogno della città ideale (1995);
Art Is Easy [L’arte è facile] (1996);
Anima e corpo version 1 (1996);
Blood Is Not Fresh Water (1997);
Brave New World (1999);
Ways to a Void (2000);
Africanized (2002);
Body and Soul V.3 (2004);
An Extraordinary Event (2006);
The Return of the Axum Obelisk (2009);
Lightning Strikes (2010);
Veiled Woman on a Beachfront (2011);
The Festival of Sacrifice (2012).

Wondessen Deresse

Biography: Wondessen Deresse was born in 1978 in Northern Ethiopia, otherwise known as Wurgessa, and grew up in the capital, Addis Ababa. He completed high school in 1998 and joined Gem TV to train to be a filmmaker. He studied for 5 years and graduated with a diploma (with distinction) from UK City and Guilds on Media Techniques, Television and Video Competencies. During his time at Gem TV, Deresse has produced and directed a variety of documentaries, documentary dramas and television spots.

(Source: AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Meteni: The Lost One (2009).

Meteni: The Lost One (2002).