Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pan African Film Festival 2016, LA

It's time for the 24th Annual Pan African Film Festival.  It is taking place February 4-15 at Rave Cinema at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.  In addition to the movie screenings, there are several special events including Children's Fest, a free event for kids 4-12 years old on Saturday, February 13.  Children's Fest includes a free movie screening at 10:00am (movie TBD) and interactive workshops at the Bridge (2nd Floor of BHCP) from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.

There are four entries from Ethiopia at this year's festival.


Abi, a dynamic and resourceful 12-year-old boy who supports his poor mother and his 26-year-old university graduate but unemployed brother Zele. When their mother dies of Hepatitis B and Abi is diagnosed with the virus, Zele must face the challenge of supporting the household and keeping his younger brother alive by earning the 20,000 Ethiopian birr per month needed to pay for his brother’s medication. The story of Abi is representative of million of children in Africa who do not attend school and work to sustain their families.

Screenings:  Fri, Feb 5 @ 1:15p; Fri, Feb 12 @ 3:50p


After the death of his mother, nine-year-old Ephraim is taken from his drought-stricken village in the volcanic flatlands of Ethiopia to relatives in the south, while his father heads to the city to look for work. With his beloved pet lamb in tow, he’s stretching the limited resources of his new family. Ephraim’s Uncle Solomon wants to make a man out of the boy, though Ephraim would much rather stay at home with the women, under the benign eye of the matriarch, Emama, and dedicate himself to his passion: cooking. Ephraim’s cousin is also challenging Solomon’s authority: she’d rather read books than get married. When Solomon orders him to slaughter the sheep for the upcoming holiday feast, Ephraim devises an ingenious scheme to save his pet and return to his village. Handsomely shot in Ethiopia’s beautiful, mountainous countryside. Stars Rediat Amare, Kidist Siyum, Welela Assefa, Rahel Teshome, Surafel Teka.

Screenings:  Tue, Feb 9 @ 8:10p; Sat, Feb 13 @ 1:55p


Joseph stands alone looking through the barred fence of a luxury hotel, his mind racing back to fond memories of times spent there with his father, Solomon, a single father and a prominent political leader in Ethiopia who was forced to flee and was eventually imprisoned after the sudden eruption of a civil war and the subsequent escape of the country’s dictator. Solomon leaves behind his 9-year-old son Joseph under the care of his mother and his sister, who steal Joseph’s inheritance and abandon him. Joseph finds himself alone and homeless, living on the streets of Addis Abba. Eventually, he is picked up by Seifu and lives as a servant in Seifu’s home but finding comfort in his friendship with Seifu’s daughter Ruth, who is his age. In their late teens, Joseph and Ruth grow to love one another romantically but are separated when Seifu moves his family to the United States. Like everyone Joseph has ever loved, Ruth too becomes a distant memory. Almost a decade later, the bitterness and disappointment of Joseph’s life is met with a glimmer of hope when he wins a Diversity Visa lottery, which affords him permanent residency in the United States. Determined to find Ruth and a life free from pain and disappointment, Joseph embarks on a journey to America. This journey leads Joseph down a road to the destiny he thinks he is fighting to avoid but it is on this same road that his life’s treasure is actually found. Stars Tsion Mekonen, Bersu Samson, Addis Kidane, Michael Temesgen, Yosef Ewnetu, Messay Getahun.

Screenings:  Fri, Feb 5 @ 4:10p; Sat, Feb 6 @ 9:30p; Mon, Feb 15 @ 10:00p

Price of Love

The latest installment by one of the leading female filmmakers in Ethiopia, this is the story of a cab driver and a beautiful young prostitute who fall in love while struggling to survive on the mean streets of Addis Ababa. Outside a fancy nightclub, the alluring young Fere frantically jumps into a taxi after freeing herself from the grip of a middle-aged man. Examining Fere in his rearview mirror, cab driver Teddy can guess that she, like thousands of young Ethiopian women — including his own mother — was lured into the dark world of prostitution by the promise of making a fortune in Dubai. As Fere and Teddy grow closer to each other, they discover that falling in love can be emancipating, a coming into their own — but the cruel reality is that it comes with a very high price. Hermon Hailay has never shied away from hard-hitting social issues. In her third feature, she offers a frank, gritty look at the sinister underworld of Addis Ababa's commerce in flesh, and the toll it takes on those trapped within it. Stars Eskindir Tameru, Fereweni Gebregergs.

Screenings:  Mon, Feb 8 @ 1:30p; Sat, Feb 13 @ 3:50p

Monday, August 24, 2015

African Art and Music Festival

Save the date!

Labor Day weekend
Leimert Park Village
Admission is free

For more information, click here.

Little Ethiopia Cultural Street Festival 2015

It's almost time for the annual street festival celebrating the Ethiopian New Year.  This year's festival will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2015.  As always it will be on Fairfax Ave. between Olympic and Whitworth Blvds.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ethiopian Adoptive Family Camp-out

We had a test run this past fall that was amazingly successful so we are hoping to make this an annual summer trip.  The kids has a great time connecting with other kids who look like them and have families that look like theirs. 

Below is some very basic information for our summer 2015 trip.  If you are interesting in attending, please contact us at for more specific details including exact location and pricing.

June 19-21, 2015

A campground in Ventura County

We hope to have a few activities planned on Saturday including a coffee ceremony and art projects for the kids.  Food will continue to be potluck and Saturday night will again conclude with an Ethiopian feast and dancing.

I think this will be a powerful time for our kids to see themselves and their families mirrored back to them.  And of course to spend some time in nature and having fun just playing and being kids...

Friday, February 6, 2015

Pan African Film Festival, LA

The Pan African Film Festival runs from February 5-16, 2015 in Baldwin Hills.  By my count, there are four Ethiopian movies being shown.  See below for details and click through for more information or to buy tickets.

Sost Maezen (Triangle - Going To America)
Kaleab and Jemal are two who are willing to endure any travail to reach America and what they deem as a promise of a better life, but is it? Along the way Kaleab meets Winta, who is from neighboring Eritrea and on a similar journey as Kaleab. Kaleab and Winta fall in love with each other as the group of Ethiopians and Eritreans travel an arduous and illegal path from East Africa through Libya, Italy, Mexico and finally to America, but their love for each other is tested thoroughly as the group meets up with violence, sickness and, ultimately, tragedy.

Showtimes:  Thursday, February 12 @ 7:00pm; Friday, February 13 @ 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm; Saturday, February 14 @ 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 9:00pm; Sunday, February 15 @ 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm; Monday, February 16 @ 3:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:30pm

 A young female lawyer operates under the government's radar, helping women and children, until one young girl's legal case exposes everything, threatening not only her career but her survival. The beauty of the Ethiopian countryside plays in startling contrast to the horror of an archiac patriarchal system.

Showtimes:  Monday, February 9 @ 6:55pm; Monday, February 16 @ 5:30pm

Asni:  Courage, Passion & Glamor in Ethiopia
The extraordinary artist, Asnaketch Worku, was as much a cultural icon to Ethiopians as Billie Holiday is to Americans and Edith Piaf to the French. Asnaketch lived her life on the edge of her artistry, over the edge of her passions. She brought high standards to theatre and excitement to music in conservative Ethiopia through the 1950 and 60s. Her gift and transparent nature made her infectious to audiences not only in Ethiopia but also around the world.

Showtimes:  Sunday, February 8 @ 6:40pm; Friday, February 13 @ 5:55pm

Beti and Amare
Set in 1936 Ethiopia, a woman fleeing Mussolini’s army moves to her uncle’s home in a rural area. After her uncle leaves for the city, an otherworldly presence arrives from the sky, irrevocably changing the course of her existence as bandits and the enemy plunge her situation into crisis.

Showtimes:  Monday, February 9 @ 6:55pm; Wednesday, February 11 @ 9:50pm


For any of the movies listed above:
Click here to buy tickets from Cinemark
Click here to buy tickets from Fandango


Friday, January 9, 2015

Monthly playdate this Sunday! (Change in location)

Please join us at Glen Alla Park in Marina del Rey on Sunday, 1/11, at 1 pm. 

PLEASE NOTE:  this is a change in location from previous playdates.  The address at Glen Alla is 4601 Alla Road, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.  Click below for a map. 

Sorry for the short notice reminder!