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Documentary Films

A Season for Dancing, Feature Size Documentary Film (Upcoming)

Meseret was born in Motato parents who had had 7 sons died soon after birth.His mother decided to give him a girl's name to trick whatever evil had claimed her other sons andMeseret survived.But by his 8th birthday,bothofhis parents died from AIDS . Over the next 2-3 years, Meseret lived in several different homes and even in the streets of DebreBirhan before finally settling in an orphanage in Addis Ababa. He was adopted at the age of 13, which, though it failed, resulted in his getting adopted by his father Marcus. This film chronicles Meseret’s return to his people and culture as he attemptsto achieve his long-held dream of helping kids like him.

I WILL NEVER DIE OF AIDS, Feature Size Documentary Film

Length: 1 hour

Reverend AyanoChule, born in Konso, south Ethiopia,is a religious father who lived in Nigeria with his beloved wife,Patience, and his son,John,and was fully dedicated to alife in service of God. One day, he received the grim news that his only son had HIV/AIDS.Soon after, he discovered that he and his wife were alsoinfected with HIV. After a severe and long sickness, his wife died. One year later, his son died and was buried in the same tomb as Patience. Ayanosurvived and received avision to come back to Ethiopia and serve religious and HIV positive peoplewho are discriminated against by religious institutions. After his return, he found an organization that would support them.Currently, Ayano teachesin religious institutions, higher learning institutions and humanitarian organizations. On these platforms, it is common to hear him say, “Many people expect me to die of AIDS. Why should I die? I will never die of AIDS!”.

TV and Radio Programs

እኔ 'ምጠይቀው (My Quest)

እኔ 'ምጠይቀው (My Quest) is a half hour documentary television show that airs on EBC III. The show is based around “video letters” sent and answered by community members about diverse psycho-social and cultural issues currently facing Ethiopian children and girls . The show starts with a personal story and a challenging situation faced by the subjects. We learn about them, their lives, and the challenges they face. Towards the end of their story, the person asks a question directed at their peers, specific groups in society, or people who hold positions in companies or in the government. SHFCthen asks a range of people from the public this same question in order to to get a sense the average person reaction. Then, we ask and get an answerfrom a person of power or with personal interest in the matter. “After watching the program, I wanted to contact you because I needed help. I have a story to tell.” W/O Genet Asefa from Addis Ababa “The program is very good.Keep it up! In addition, I would be glad if you could concentrate on programs that concern children. I have 18 kids that I work with and I have an interest to work with you.” AtoGashayeBejigu from Hawassa “I have a four-year-old childand I live alone. My husband and I are not together anymore. I used to work in a shop but now that I have a child to take care of I can’t work. People don’t want to hire me because of my child. I want to come on the show and tell my story.” W/O Ferdos from Addis Ababa

W/O Ferdos from addis ababa

በኢትዮጵያዊት የተሰራ (Made by an Ethiopian Woman)

በኢትዮጵያዊትየተሰራ (Made by an Ethiopian Woman)is a new segment on እኔ 'ምጠይቀው (My Quest). It follows 54 female entrepreneurs who can be exemplars of unleashing one’s potential for innovation and ingenuity when starting a new business. On the show, we learn about each woman’s life, passion, interests and achievements, as well as challenges they face as female entrepreneurs. They will pose a question to theirfemale peers, the society, concerned stakeholders like the government, private companies, NGOs; and invite many others to get involved in male dominated engagements. A Ffun, fast-paced, and intriguing human interest story drives the audience to care about the show, the person, and the issue at the heart of the story. Join us as we share these essential untold stories, and discover the hidden energy of women entrepreneurs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXVR2i-VXSw

Kunet

Kunet is a reality TV show that brings focus topeoples’ morality, status and worldview as perceived by someone from another section of society and from a different background. Each episodegives two people a chance to liveeach other’s lives for 24 hours anddiscover lessons while walking in someone else’s shoes.

Research

Photovoice

A common application of art-based research is photovoice where new or existing photographs are used to promote or extend discussion, and there is a range of literature exploring such uses. The advantage of such art-based visual research is that visual methods can provide an alternative to the hegemony of a word and number based academy ; and encourage deeper and more effective reflection by participants.

MSC and concept mapping

Most Significant Change (MSC) is a method of participatory process and outcome evaluation that involves the collection of significant change stories (SC) at different levels. The Concept Systems method guides action plan development, strategic planning, implementation, evaluation and other activities in which group input is valued. The resulting framework and images help organizations understand how their stakeholders view a specific topic from many perspectives. Preliminary Analysis for the Arts Program Development – Photovoice The Concept System software organizes and displays data from the participantsbyusing several multivariate statistical algorithms combined uniquely in the technology. The result is a series of easily readable concept maps. The maps show the relationship between ideas/cases and the clustering of ideas into themes or issues. Additional analyses of the ratings data produce patternmatches and go-zones, which illustrate the values assigned by participants to each idea.

Emergency Maternal and Newborn Referral Linkage WHO/FMOH

Magazines

Addis Gadfly

Addis Gadfly is a monthly magazine that covers current and past trends of the various Ethiopian arts. It will cover topics such as film, music, fashion, literature, painting/ fine arts, performance art, etc., and contain sections such as:

  • Current news in the arts
  • Events and new releases
  • Interviews with prominent figures
  • Profiles/biographies of prominent figures
  • Historical articles on Ethiopian films, painting, performances, traditional artwork, etc.
  • Reflections/criticism

All in the effort to bring appreciation to art and the making of art, to help perpetuate our culture and history as well as creativity, and to create a demand for better quality in art.

Made by anEthiopian Woman

A Made by an Ethiopian Woman quarterly magazine will be published and disseminated throughout the country. The content of the magazine will be stories of the female entrepreneurs who were featured on the TV show throughout the year. The magazine will be produced in a standardized quality, which will consist of colorful photographs and catchy story writing techniques. For each quarter, 12 women will be presented under the team of በኢትዮጵያዊትየተሰራ(Made by an Ethiopian Woman).