2014 movies originating in Ethiopia include "Difret," "Vision: Healing the Blind in Ethiopia," and "Man Up and Go." Of these, "Difret" achieved a particularly broad international audience. The film was screened at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.
Based on a true story, "Difret" tells of an Ethiopian girl who was arrested after defending herself during an attempted abduction. The film highlights Meaza Ashenafi, an idealistic real-life lawyer who defended the accused girl and helped outlaw bride kidnapping in Ethiopia.
"Vision: Healing the Blind in Ethiopia" is a documentary that follows five blind Ethiopians as they undergo surgery and regain their sight. "Man Up and Go" is about an American man's journey as he travels to Ethiopia and adopts a needy, underweight child. In the run-up to the 87th Academy Awards, "Difret" was officially selected as the Ethiopian entry for the Best Foreign Film category.
In the early years of Ethiopian cinema, the influential Coptic Christian clergy played a major role in suppressing the new art form. This was partly due to the conservative clergy's overarching suspicion towards new technologies. The Ethiopian film industry was jump-started in the 1970s, when Ethiopia provided the location for the filming of two foreign productions, "Shaft In Africa" and "Gouma."