Ethiopia Film List

Title: FATHERS/SURRENDER/A BARBER'S WISDOM (2000)  
Format: VHS
Language: The father is in Amharic with English subtitles. Surrender is in Swahili with English subtitles. A barber's wisdom is in English.
Run Time:  87 Min.
Description: Each of these three films offers a critical look at the relationships between fathers and their children in contemporary Africa. In The father, the patriarch in question is ultimately the military dictatorship which terrorized Ethiopia in the '70s and '80s. Surrender shows the traditional face of paternal tyranny, a father controlling his son's life. A Barber's Wisdom shows a modern father who compromises his children in his relentless pursuit of money.
Genre: Drama

Title: The parchment makers: an ancient art in present-day Ethiopia (2000)  
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time:  19 Min.
Description: After a brief history of parchment, Meregata Berhane Abade demonstrates his present method from the preparation of skin, repairing holes, cutting sheets and making quires to writing from an exemplar and binding the quires into wooden covers.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Wonders of the African world: with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (1998)  
Format: VHS
Language: Closed captioned.
Run Time:  360 Min.
Description: Documentary film presents Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on the journey from Zanzibar to Timbuktu, the Nile River Valley to Great Zimbabwe, the slave coast of Guinea to the medieval monasteries of Ethiopia in search of the lost wonders of the African world.
Genre: Documentary

Title: TemeTTeme (1998)  
Format: VHS
Language: Geez (Ethiopic) with English subtitles.
Run Time:  30 min.
Description: A moving parable about progress and the values of family life set in the beautiful drylands region of northern Ethiopia. This short narrative film tells the story of 12-year-old Belete who runs away from his father's desertified farm to pursue an education in the big city of Addis Ababa. Here he falls in with a gang of street children and discovers the errors of his ways.
Genre: Drama

Title: Can you hear me?: East African communities and mental health and delivering the bad news (1998)  
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time:  32 min.
Description: The first speaker covers issues of cultural, gender, and generational differences that can lead to difficulties for recent immigrants from East Africa. The second talks about traditional ways of dealing with death and terminal illness.
Genre: Documentary
 
Title: Mirt sost shi amit = Harvest, three thousand years  (1975)  
Format: VHS
Language: Amharic with English subtitles.
Run Time:  150 Min.
Description: Set in Ethiopia, a peasant family struggles for survival on the farm of a wealthy feudal landowner. The film's pace and visual style is geared to the rhythms of daily life, providing a sensitive portrayal of the details and dramas of everyday reality. The drama is set in motion by the teen-age son and daughter who contest traditional social roles, the tyrannical behavior of the landowner and the visionary and revolutionary deeds of the local madman.
Genre: Documentary

Title: TREE OF SURVIVAL (1984)  
Format: VHS
Run Time: 20 Min. 
Description: Shows the Sahel ten years after the drought of the early 1970s but prior to increased world awareness brought about by the recent famine in Ethiopia. Sahel, the Arabic word for coast, defines the region of the creeping desert where the lives of people and animals are swallowed up as the Sahara advances by as much as a metre each month.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Black gold (2006)
Format: DVD
Language: Closed-captioned
Run Time: 78 min.
Description: After oil, coffee is the most actively traded commodity in the world with $80 billion in retail sales. But for every $3 cup of coffee, a coffee farmer receives only 3 cents. Most of the money goes to the middlemen, especially the four giant conglomerates which control the coffee market. Tracing the path of the coffee consumed each day to the farmers who produce the beans, Black Gold asks us to ’wake up and smell the coffee’, to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do about it.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Ethnic identity, regional conflict and peace (1999)
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 50 min.
Description: Examines efforts to promote and safeguard peace in the 20th century. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan discusses the history and the role of the United Nations, using the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea as an example. Other scholars explore the purpose of the state, what it requires to function, and what happens when it disintegrates. Additional issues such as world government are addressed as well.
Genre: Documentary