Ethiopian Films News

Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba: Program for September and October

Mon, September 20th, 2010
Centennial of the First Ethiopian Music Recordings by “Azmari Tessema Eshete”

Please note that this event unfortunately is postponed.

Fri, September 24th, 2010
Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba, 6pm
Welcome Back To School! - Book Reading: “Measuring the World“ and Film Screening: „Alexander von Humboldt“

Excerpts from the award-winning novel by Daniel Kehlmann (2005) about the two great geniuses Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauß will be read in German with English handouts. We then screen a documentary about Alexander von Humboldt (1998, 43min) in English with German subtitles. Moderated by Grit Koeppen, MA Theater Studies.

Wed, September 29th, 2010
Ras Mekonnen Hall, Addis Ababa University, 6pm                                                                     
Lecture Series - "Who are the Modernizers Anyway? Questions of Modernity in Ethiopian Literature”

The lecture by Dr. Yonas Admassu, Professor of Ethiopian Literature, Addis Ababa University, with a reading from Callaloo Journal 2010 is organized as part of “What is “Zemenawinet”? Perspectives on Ethiopian Modernity” by Addis Ababa University, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut. In English.

Thu, September 30th, 2010
Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba, 4pm, 5:45pm and 7:15pm              
20 Years of German Unity – Film Screenings and Panel Discussion
4pm: The documentary “Last to Know”
(2006, 72min) by Marc Bauder and Doerte Franke gives voice to four East Germans who were sent to jail because of their resistance to the GDR regime. In German with English subtitles. Introduced by Dr. Jana Zehle, DAAD coordinator.
5:45pm: “Berlin is in Germany” (2001, 90min.) by award- winning director Hannes Stöhr tells the story of Martin Schulz who tries to get his life back on track in reunited Germany after 11 years in an East German jail. In German with English subtitles.
7:15pm: Dr. Amir Badri and Ato Berhanu Berhe, Association of Ethiopians Educated in Germany (AEEG), recount their eyewitness experience during the German reunification twenty years ago. Moderated by Dr. Shiferaw Bekele, Dep. of History, Addis Ababa University. In cooperation with the German Embassy.

Mon, October 4th, 2010,
Yared Music School, 6:00pm (Please note the change in location!)

Preludium to the “Chopin Season”
– Selected works of Frédéric Chopin interpreted by Star Pianist Igor Levit

Organized by the German Embassy in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. Entrance is free and open to all. The concert is a prelude to the “Chopin Season” organized by the Polish and French Embassies, Alliance Française and other European partners in October and November. For further information on the “Chopin Season” program, please refer to the Polish Embassy or the Alliance Française. Also, save the date: Chopin Season Opening with Ato Girma Yifrashewa on 11 October! Details tbc.

Thu, October 7th, 2010
Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba, 7pm
Premier Screening – “Marx was wanted”

The Karl-Marx-Monument in Addis Ababa which Erich Honecker gave to Ethiopia’s Head of State Haile Mariam Mengistu in 1984 was built by East German artist Jo Jastram. The documentary shows how Jastram considers his own work between allegiance to the East German state and his own artistic aspirations. In German with English subtitles. After the screening discussion with film-maker Dr. Christine Mansfeld.

Fri, October 8th, 2010
Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba, 7:30pm
Premier Screening – “Turning Tide: Women Entrepreneurs in Africa”

What does it take for women in Africa to be successful entrepreneurs? The TV series “Turning Tide” answers this question by portraying thirteen successful African businesswomen followed by a panel discussion with CineArts Afrika, International Finance Cooperation, Ethiopian Ministry of Women`s Affairs, ETV and Genet Kebede, Paradise Fashion. Organized by CineArts Afrika, Goethe-Institut and Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Thu, October 14th, 2010
Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba, 6pm
Exhibition Opening - Art Thursday:  “H*TEL DYSTOPIA, Room 9/35: From Scratches..."

“H*TEL DYSTOPIA” is a conceptual experiment curated by Léo Lefort that features works by Eyob Kitaba and Ermias Mazenguia. Supported by Astar Advertising. Opening hours: Daily (Mon – Sun), 10am – 5pm at the Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba until October 29th.

Thu, October 21st, 2010
Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba, 6pm
Open Discussion- Art Thursday:  “H*TEL DYSTOPIA, Room 9/35: From Scratches...”

Open Discussion with curator Léo Lefort about “H*TEL DYSTOPIA” at the Goethe-Institut from October 14th until October 29th. Moderated by artist and film-maker Geta Mekonnen.

Wed, October 27th, 2010
Ras Mekonnen Hall, Addis Ababa University, 6pm
Lecture Series -"Perspectives on the Changing Roles of Women in Ethiopia”

As part of the series “What is “Zemenawinet”? Perspectives on Ethiopian Modernity” organized by Addis Ababa University, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut. In English.

September / October 2010
Selected schools in Addis Ababa
German Fairy Tales Go to School Part 4

For one week, young journalists of the Ethiopian radio visit different schools in Addis Ababa and present German fairy tales in Amharic. In cooperation with the German Church School.

October 2010
Adama, Awassa, Bahir Dar, Dire Dawa und Mekelle
„Let Ethiopia Read!“
„Let Ethiopia Read!“
is brought to Adama, Awassa, Bahir Dar, Dire Dawa and Mekelle to read and discuss German literature in Amharic.

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