The films "Difret," "Crumbs," "Lamb" and "Teza" are some of the most popular Ethiopian movies as of 2015. These movies have won awards in several international film festivals.Continue Reading
"Difret" is a film detailing the story of a 14-year-old girl who is kidnapped while walking to school. The kidnappers' purpose is to take her as a bride, so the girl grabs a rifle and shoots the kidnapper to escape. The rest of the film shows the court case that ensues, in which a female lawyer argues that the girl acted in self-defense. The case ends with the legal precedent that led to the outlawing of child bride abduction in Ethiopia. The film was subject to a short ban in Ethiopia, but eventually had a successful run in the country. "Difret" won the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Released in 2015, "Lamb" is another popular modern Ethiopian film. This film features a young boy who moves in with his aunt and uncle after his father moves to the city. However, the boy finds his beloved lamb in danger in this new environment, and the film follows his efforts to leave. This film was the first Ethiopian film ever screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Other modern films from Ethiopia include "Teza," a 2008 film about an Ethiopian who studied abroad in Germany and witnessed the end of the Cold War before returning to his natal country, and "Crumbs," a 2015 surrealist romantic film.Learn more about Art & Literature