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  • If Only I Were That Warrior - Best of ADIFF NY 2015


    Ethiopian documentary "If Only I Were That Warrior" to the play in the ADIFF New York's 2015 Best of selection

    When: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2pm

    Where: Teachers College, Columbia University

    The stories of three characters, filmed in present day Ethiopia, Italy and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia — a journey that crosses generations and continents to today, where this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and their people. Directed by Valerio Ciriaci, 2015, 72min, USA | Italy | Ethiopia, documentary in English, Italian and Amharic with English subtitles. 

    Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker

    Please find more info for the film here: http://nyadiff.org/if-only-i-were-that-warrior-best-of-adiff-ny-2015/

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  • Africa’s happiest feet: the Great Ethiopian Run


    The Great Ethiopian Run is Africa’s biggest fun run. It’s colourful and chaotic, and there’s no better way to see the capital Addis Ababa.

    Addis Ababa is not a city that naturally lends itself to running. The potholes are deep. The traffic is hectic. Street corners are makeshift markets. And throughout the city, buildings, roadways and train lines spring up almost overnight, like mushrooms. Yet here I am, one of 40,000 people, my face painted with the colours of the Ethiopian flag, laughing and dancing and jogging through the streets as part of the biggest race in Africa.

    There are few phrases treated with such scorn in the running world as “fun run”. They are for beginners and are not worth travelling halfway around the world for. But if one event can reclaim the phrase, it’s the Great Ethiopian Run. Founded by Haile Gebrselassie, the greatest distance runner of all time and a national hero, it’s a 10km race through the heart of this bustling, fascinating city.

    What strikes you first when you arrive in Addis is the unique light: a sunset-warm glow softened by a dust filter – regardless of the actual time of day. Navigating the streets requires nerves of steel – there only seem to be two sets of working traffic lights in the whole place, and drivers view even these as purely decorative. High above it all is the growing city’s ever-present scaffolding. Built from the most fragile-looking bamboo, it makes that famous picture of workers picnicking on a girder atop 30 Rockefeller Center look like a health and safety ad.

    Read more at Theguardian.com

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  • Celebrating the Ethiopian New Year with Mahmoud Ahmed


    At 74, Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed still has a command presence onstage.

    When Mahmoud Ahmed opens his mouth to sing, his voice trembles. This isn’t some stylish affectation and it certainly isn’t stage fright. That lovely wobble you’re hearing is one of Ethiopia’s brightest and longest-burning stars attempting to wrangle an entire spectrum of human emotion into his vowels. It’s the sound of a national hero who, at 74, still sounds as stately as he does emotive.

    On Friday, Ahmed will ring in the Ethiopian New Year at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. It’s a large but relatively cozy venue for the singer, especially considering that the District boasts the largest Ethiopian population outside of Ahmed’s native Addis Ababa.

    If you’re lucky enough to score a seat, you’ll have rare proximity to a remarkable voice. So listen close. But don’t forget to dance.

    With Tineshu Tilahun on Friday at Lisner Auditorium. Show starts at 8 p.m. 202-994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu. $35, $29.75 for GW students.

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  • Africa Fashion Week London 2015 kicks off

     

    Africa Fashion Week London kicked off in the UK capital on Friday, bringing together over 100 new and emerging designers inspired by the culture of the continent. Susan Mwongeli with more on that.

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  • Global Leaders Focus on Poverty Reduction & Inclusive Growth

    Global leaders attending a development summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have stressed the importance of committing themselves to reducing poverty and promoting inclusive growth. Around seven thousand stakeholders including government representatives, corporate leaders and civil society members are attending the meeting in a bid to find solutions to sustainable development. Girum Chala has more.

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