Sandscribe in New York

In October 2015, some of our faculty and advisory board met over dinner in Staten Island to discuss news and developments at Sandscribe. Dr. Steven Thomas and his wife, Maya Tessema were on hand; Dhaba Wayessa and Haimanot Gobena drove up from Alexandria. Isaacs was in from Los Angeles. Thomas teaches at Wagner College, where for the past three years he has been teaching transnational classrooms that connect his students on Staten Island with Sandscribe’s students in Addis Ababa. It was not Dhaba’s first time…

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Wagner College Team At Sandscribe in Addis Ababa

In December 2013, Wagner College sent a team to Addis Ababa to work with Sandscribe and explore opportunities in the country. Together with Dhaba Wayessa, Dr. Steven Thomas and Stephen Greenwald organized a symposium on the future of Ethiopian cinema which was attended by local filmmakers, media professionals, university professors, students, and government officials. Mr. Greenwald, co-author of This Business of Film and former president of De Laurentiis Entertainment, is director of media initiatives at Wagner. Dr. Thomas is a professor in…

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Founder’s Story

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:…

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