In September 1974 the 3000 year old Ethiopian monarchy was toppled and Emperor Haile Selassie I and the Imperial family were all imprisoned or escaped into exile. For decades, the Imperial family of Ethiopia was silent about these traumatic events, and the violent revolution that brought them. Some of them have now spoken out.
The award winning documentary film making team of Constance Marks and Corinne LaPook (who made critically acclaimed film “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey”) have now produced “Grandpa was an Emperor” a moving documentary that follows Emebet Yeshi Kassa, great-granddaughter of the Emperor, as she seeks answers and closure for the events of 1974 that ushered in trauma to the Royal family, and upheaval that has yet to end for Ethiopia. This must-see documentary is premiering and being featured at the DOC NYC film festival (one of the more prominent film festivals for documentaries). It will also be streamed on-line in the U.S. only for two weeks after that. For those interested see the link below.