Updated: Monday, October 7th, 2013
Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — The University of Maryland Ethiopian Student Association will be hosting the screening of the new documentary Sincerely Ethiopia on Thursday, October 17th at 6:30pm at Hoff Theater in Stamp Student Union.
The main characters in the film include Addisu of Adugna Community Dance Theatre, educator Biruktawit Tagesse, CNN Hero Yohannes Gebregeorgis, and founder of BCDA, Eden Gelan. (Courtesy photograph) – See more at: http://www.tadias.com/10/06/2013/sincerely-ethiopia-documentary-to-screen-at-university-of-maryland/#sthash.3366SEVy.dpuf
The film, which is written and directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Nathan Araya, highlights the efforts by a mixed generation of Ethiopian social entrepreneurs and activists from the Diaspora and at home determined to change Ethiopia’s global image from that of a poster country for famine, disease, poverty and instability to that of a nation on the rise.
Blain Belayneh, the DC Representative for Sincerely Ethiopia, says the film features the lives of ordinary people who are addressing the ongoing challenges of HIV/Aids, homelessness, illiteracy, disability and other pressing social issues. “The documentary will encompass everything from philanthropy, art, business, fashion, and healthcare as different avenues that are changing lives of countless Ethiopians,” Blain said. “Our aim in this piece is to tell these stories and showcase the beauty of people overcoming odds to make a change in their country in this generation.”
Watch: Sincerely Ethiopia Documentary Trailer