There may be a woman at the helm of Ethiopia as a country, but there is still a long road to travel for women in the Ethiopian film industry. In fact, while still plentiful considering the small number of male counterparts, —Haile Gerima is probably the best known filmmaker hailing from the country in the West — Ethiopian women filmmakers can still be only counted on the fingers of one hand. Maybe two.
Aalam-Warqe Davidian defies those odds, singlehandedly, bringing a tale inspired by her own teenage years growing up in the midst of the Ethiopian civil war. In 1989, to be more exact, is when her film ‘Fig Tree’ takes place, in a remote area of the country.Read More