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A Walk to Beautiful

A look at the lives of three Ethiopian women, rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, who leave home in search of seeking treatment for obstetric fistula. The program follows them walking for hours on their journey to transportation to a special hospital in Addis Ababa where they find solace for the first time in years, and stays with them as their lives begin to change. Directed by Mary Olive Smith and Amy Bucher. Originally broadcast in 2008 as a segment on the television program Nova. 56 min.

Black Gold

After oil, coffee is the most actively traded commodity in the world with $80 billion in retail sales. But for every $3 cup of coffee, a coffee farmer receives only 3 cents. Most of the money goes to the middlemen, especially the four giant conglomerates which control the coffee market. Tracing the path of the coffee consumed each day to the farmers who produce the beans, Black Gold asks us to 'wake up and smell the coffee', to face the unjust conditions under which our favorite drink is produced and to decide what we can do about it.

Consuming Hunger.

"If the Vietnam conflict was a "television war," then the starvation in Ethiopia was a "television famine." Our thoughts and feelings about it and responses to it have been completely shaped by television MRC". 1987. 29 min.. :1-3

Eritrea, Women Combat Prejudices (Africa: Search for Common Ground; 12)

Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. Examines three generations of Eritrean women who tell their story of Eritrea's fight for independence and reflect upon changes in the country since independence, specifically the battle between traditional and contemporary ideas about the role of women. 1997. 25 min.


A study of the history, customs and way of life of the Black Jews of Ethiopia and of efforts to help them emigrate to Israel. 1987. 27 min.

Forbidden Land.

Eritreans have been fighting for independence from Ethiopia for over 30 years. This video discusses the struggle for liberation which culminated in a successful coup in May, 1991. 1990. 56 min.

Hamar Trilogy.

web web sites: Description from Filmakers Library catalog The Women Who Smile The first program in a trilogy focusing on the Hamar, an isolated people of Southwestern Ethiopia. In this film Duka, a young unmarried Hamar girl, learns what awaits her in life from the older women of her tribe. Their often humorous conversations range from pregnancy and growing old to relationships with men. Although the men are dominant, the women are not servile. Shows harvest celebrations and the blessing ceremony for a new baby. 1990.

Harvest, Three Thousand Years. (Ethiopia, 1975)

Directed by Haile Gerima. Set in Ethiopia, a peasant family struggles for survival on the farm of a wealthy feudal landowner. The film's pace and visual style is geared to the rhythms of daily life, providing a sensitive portrayal of the details of everyday reality. The drama is set in motion by the peasant teen-age son and daughter who contest traditional social roles, the tyrannical behavior of the landowner and the visionary and revolutionary deeds of the local "madman." In Amharic with English subtitles. In Amharic with English subtitles. 150 min.

Malaria: Killer Number One

Malaria claims three million lives every year worldwide, most of them in the countries south of the Sahara. Among the places hardest hit is Ethiopia. Here malaria can wipe out the lives of hundreds of thousands of villagers, mainly women and children, in a single epidemic. 2005. 19 min.

No Easy Walk.

Ethiopia. Traces the history of Ethiopian independence and national sovereignty beginning with the defeat of Italian colonial domination in 1896. Also examines Ethiopia's role in advancing anti-colonialism and the struggles for independence throughout Africa. 1987. 60 min. Kenya. Traces the history of Kenya's opposition to white rule beginning with the arrival of the first European settlers in the 19th century. Focuses on the Mau-Mau rebellion of the early 1950's and the key roles played by the Kikuyu people and their leader Jomo Kenyatta. 1987. 60 min.