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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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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Fulbright Scholar Teaches Sandscribe Students

Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, a filmmaker and educator, was selected for a Fulbright Specialist Program to teach at Rift Valley University in Addis Ababa, where she also undertook the mission of training Sandscribe students. Rift Valley is one of Sandscribe’s local partners, and our training base is located on their Bole campus. From October  26 – December 6, 2015, Gebre-Egziabher taught an intensive training practicum: “From Script To Screen.”  Students grouped into four teams to make four short films, which were screened to…

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Spotlight: Student Michael Shimeles

Our current student, Michael Shimeles, has directed two short films, including Ye Gomma Werat – one of four films our Sandscribe students produced this past fall under the leadership of Fulbright scholar, Lucy Gebre-Egziabher. Ye Gomma Werat won great acclaim in December when it was screened before an audience of Addis’ filmmakers and film students. Michael is now being mentored by Josh Soskin of House Blend Media through our mentor program. You can watch Ye Goma Werat below.

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