June Film Workshop and Festival

Sandscribe’s June workshop and mini film festival was a resounding success. The festival presented three student films at the Oromo Cultural Center in Addis Ababa on Sunday, June 4, and was attended by over 250 artists and cultural leaders. The films’ themes included the triumph of the human spirit, family, and reciprocity. June’s mini-festival was the culmination of a ten-day intensive classroom instruction and field production. June’s workshop was a collaboration between the Sandscribe Foundation and Sharing International, a U.S.-based…

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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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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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