Rising film star Lupita Nyong’o

(CNN) — Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has become a new critics’ darling after her breakout role in last year’s hit movie “12 Years A Slave.” Since then, the award ceremonies and opportunities to dazzle photographers have been plentiful for Nyong’o, whose mesmerizing performance as Patsey earned her numerous accolades and recognition, including an Oscar nomination for […]

Finding the lost treasures in films

Mackonen Michael, filmmaker, is deeply immersed in the ancient civilization of Ethiopia, believing that to move forward one should reclaim the past. It is not only for personal reward. He conveys a message in his films by tracing the roots and digging deep to tell the unique stories. With this passion he has made three […]

’42’ bats up $9.1 million Friday, earns rare ‘A+’ CinemaScore

Ethiopian Coffee FC (Photo: Courtesy of InterSport) The Jackie Robinson baseball drama 42 exceeded industry expectations on Friday, grossing $9.1 million during its first day in theaters. The film, a $40 million production from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, swung harder than other recent baseball flicks like Moneyball and Trouble with the Curve, which grossed $6.7 million and $4.2 million on their opening days, respectively. Notably, 42 earned a […]

Sebastopol to Build City’s Biggest Cinema Complex

Theodros Teshome Kebede Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Sebastopol Entertainment Plc is to construct a two-tower, four-storey multiplex on a 948 sqm plot it has leased, in Arada District, for seven million Birr. Sebastopol paid 30pc of the total lease price when it acquired the land early in February, according to Tewodros Teshome, manager of Sebastopol Entertainment. The multiplex has […]

The intertwined fate of local films and private cinemas

Panorama Cinema (Photo: The Reporter) By Ashenafi Gizaw Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – It was disappointing to be among only a handful of audience members for a Saturday afternoon movie showing at Sina Cinema in the Bethel Hospital area, one of the recently founded and booming neighborhoods in Addis Ababa. Sina opened in July of this year, and with 170 seats, […]

6th Addis Film Festival opens with enduring human spirit themed “Town of Runners”

Town of Runners Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The sixth Addis International Film festival opened on May 1 at the Italian Culture center with an inspiring yet poignant documentary film chronicling the lives of three aspiring teenage athletes and a tireless, selfless coach. Amin Abdulkedir, Minister of culture and tourism who opened the festival, appreciating the focus on documentaries said […]

Addis Film Festival to be held next month

Faben Getachew Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – To say that The Addis International Documentary Film Festival founder Kebour Ghenna and his team at Initiative Africa of young graduates and professionals have another mammoth film program on their hands is certainly stating the obvious. This Friday the organizers of the Addis Film Festival announced, that the Sixth Edition is […]

The glimmering light in Ethiopian Cinema

Abirham Haile Biru The framing, color composition, camera movements could definitely alter the way a picture is received by the audience. An Ethiopian cinematographer, Abirham Haile Biru, says that an understanding of the concept of film details could have a big implication in the final output. His heart is captivated with the simple beautiful stories. One of his […]

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion

Beth Mother   Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, humanitarian and social crises – population growth.  It is a critical time to talk about this subject because for the first time, in 2011 the world population reached 7 billion; a startling seven-fold increase […]

Film Review: “Zeraf”, a tale of cultural clash, outrageous acts and acceptance

Zeraf Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - (The Reporter) What happens when an overaggressive, politically incorrect, prejudiced father with a special dislike for people from China to the point that he refuses to use Chinese product meets his future Chinese son in law? Issues of Cultural clashes take center stage in ‘Zeraf’ staring Shewaferaw Desalegn, Mekdes Tsegaye, and Lan […]
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