I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I was the only person from my small village to go to college. I achieved success quite young — my books were published and my plays were produced in Addis Ababa’s best theaters. I came to the United States, where I earned a BA and an MFA in film from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
I work as a journalist in the U.S. capitol and am thankful for all the opportunities given to me. But I have never forgotten my dream: to empower aspiring filmmakers in my home country — especially those who have no financial means.
That is why I founded the Sandscribe Foundation. For the past six years we have taken international teams to Ethiopia to teach aspiring filmmakers. Our campus in Addis Ababa continues its work, but our resources are limited. There is so much more we can do! It is our goal to establish a year-round academy in Ethiopia, partner with other filmmakers in country, and continue bringing international artists and educators to encourage Ethiopia’s aspiring creative community. Please join us in making this dream a reality.