Dr. Steven Thomas in Addis on Fulbright

Sandscribe was delighted to see Dr. Steven Thomas return to Addis Ababa. Dr. Thomas, a professor of literature and film at Wagner College in New York, is a member of Sandscribe’s guest faculty. This fall, he received a Fulbright scholarship to teach film analysis and research the Ethiopian film industry. From October to December 2016, Thomas taught a graduate seminar on film theory for Addis Ababa University’s new Master of Arts program. He also worked with several local scholars to research…

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168-Hour Film Competition

Sandscribe students have entered the 168-Hour Film Project‘s film competition. Each participant draws a random scripture passage and makes a film inspired by it, directly or indirectly. And they have only 168 hours to make and submit their film. Our students have taken on the challenge with great enthusiasm. Here are some photos from the set.

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Sandscribe at Bristol University, UK

The Bristol Institute for Research in the Arts and the Humanities (BIRTHA) invited Sandscibe’s Dhaba Wayessa and Dr. Steven W. Thomas to England to talk about their work. Steve was accompanied by his wife Maya Tessema. They spent three days (Mar 9 – 11) with Bristol University’s professors Richard Pettigrew (Department of Philosophy), Josie McLellan (History), Tom Sperlinger (English), and Madhu Krishnan (English). The Bristol professors are part of initiatives at Bristol University to innovate ways in which the arts and humanities might…

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Spotlight: On The Set Of QANAFAA

This past fall (2015), Sandscribe students Bayisa Tura and Sagni Dibisa wrote and directed the short film Qanafaa as part of the intensive class, “From Script to Screen,” taught by visiting Fulbright scholar Fulbright  Lucy Gebre-Egziabher. Qanafaa has received much praise from audiences in Ethiopia. In Qanafaa, a woman is beaten by her husband. Although she forgives him, the village elders still must decide how to respond to the man’s offense against a woman in their community. “Qanafaa” is the Oromo-language word for a traditional…

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