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Sat, Dec. 12 @ - Chapel, Teachers College

On Saturday, Dec. 12 starting at 4pm, join us to watch films by and about Ethiopia, meet with filmmakers and enjoy a Closing Reception.  

Asni: Courage & Glamour in Ethiopia @ 4pm
"It was a privilege for me 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.  Directed by Rachel Samuel, Ethiopia, 2013, 80 min., documentary in Amharic with English subtitles

Abi, a dynamic and resourceful twelve year old boy, lives with his mother Degua and his 26 years old university graduate unemployed brother Zelalem (Zele).  Abi, who is a hard working boy with two jobs, supports his poor mother and his older unemployed brother through their day to day lives.  But when their mother dies of Hepatitus B and Abi is also infected by the virus, Zele must face the big challenge of supporting his own life and keeping his younger brother alive by earning the 20,000 Ethiopian birr per month needed for his brother's medication. Directed by Kinfe Banbu, 2014, Ethiopia, Drama, 105 min, Amharic w/ English subtitles
Screening sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines
Q&A After the screening

If Only I Were That Warrior (Gala Screening)
The stories of three characters, filmed in present day Ethiopia, Italy and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia  a journey that crosses generations and continents to today, where this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and their people. Directed by Valerio Ciriaci, 2015, 72min, USA | Italy | Ethiopia, documentary in English, Italian and Amharic with English subtitles.

Screening followed by a Q&A and catered reception.


The Chapel - Teachers College, Columbia University (View)
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual
Film > Festivals
Film > Movies
Music > World
Other > Festivals

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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