“Atletu,” “Difret,” “Lamb,” “Teza” and “Mirt Sost Shi Amit” are some Ethiopian drama films. Directed by Rasselas Lakew and Davey Frankel, “Atletu” is an Ethiopian drama released in 2009. “Atletu” was released in Amharic, Norwegian, Oromo and English. It was named “The Athlete” in English. Ethiopia’s official entry to 83rd Academy Awards under Best Foreign Language Film category, “Atletu” failed to make the final shortlist.
“Atletu” revolves around the story of Abebe Bikila, first African to win an Olympic gold medal and the first athlete to win two Olympic marathons. Bikila won his first Olympic gold in 1960 Rome Olympics and second in Tokyo in 1964. Rasselas Lakew won the Best Actor award at the Brooklyn Film Festival in 2011 for his portrayal of Abebe Bikila in the movie.
Writer and director Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s 2014 film, “Difret,” was Ethiopia’s official entry at 87th Academy Awards under Best Foreign Language Film category, but it failed to nominate. The film is based on a court case in Ethiopia that resulted in the ban on kidnapping of child brides. The movie won the World Cinematic Dramatic Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience award at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
“Teza,” written and directed by Haile Gerima, is an Ethiopian drama focusing on the Derg period in the country and was released in 2008. “Mirt Sost Shi Amit” is also a drama written and directed by Haile Gerima in 1977. It was titled “Harvest: 3,000 Years” in English.