Category Archives: Film

More Ethiopian films in Film Africa this week

Film Africa is showcasing the new generation of Ethiopian cinema with “New Narratives: Ethiopia in Transition” strand. They are screening 3 recent releases that highlight the fresh and poetic work of directors from the region. Students of Amharic in London can learn a lot by listening to the Amharic language.

The screenings for Lamb (see blog post below) and Red Leaves will be followed by Q&As with the directors, Yared Zeleke and Bazi Gete, and you can enjoy a hearty serving of Ethiopian food while watching Price of Love!

Tickets are available now. Screenings can sell out, so we recommend you book early!

Red Leaves
Sat 31 Oct | 18:00 | Ritzy Brixton
Sun 1 Nov | 15:30 | Hackney Picturehouse

Red Leaves film
Red Leaves film

Having emigrated from to Israel and lost his wife, 74-year-old Meseganio tries desperately to hold onto the vestiges of his life back in Ethiopia, and find a way to survive on his own terms. Buy now

Price of Love | LONDON PREMIERE + Love Brewed in an African Pot
Fri 6 Nov | 19:00 | Bernie Grant Arts Centre

A young Addis Ababa taxi driver gets caught up in the dark side of love after he helps a young girl escape her violent ex-pimp in this off-beat romance. Enjoy this film with a hearty serving of Ethiopian food! Buy now.

Lamb movie showing in London 3 & 7 Nov

Lamb movie is showing in Hackney Picturehouse next Tuesday 3 Nov at 9pm (21:00 or 3 o’clock habesha time) and at Brixton Ritzy cinema next Sat 7 Nov at 2pm (14:00/ eight o’clock habesha). Its the first Ethiopian movie selected for Cannes film festival.


Directed by Yared Zeleke Ethiopia/France/Germany/Norway. 2015. 94 mins. Colour. Amharic with English subtitles – great chance for students of Amharic in London to use their ears and hear more Amharic in an easy setting!

Ephraim is a young Ethiopian boy, the son of a farmer. His father leaves him and his sheep, from which he is inseparable, to be looked after by distant relatives, far from his drought-ridden homeland. Ephraim isn’t very good at farming, but he has a hidden talent: he is an excellent cook. One day, his uncle tells him that they have to sacrifice his sheep for the next religious feast. Ephraim is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home with him by his side. Handsomely shot in Ethiopia’s beautiful, mountainous countryside, this multi-layered first feature from Yared Zeleke adds depth to its characters and places depictions of everyday Ethiopian life centre stage.

Any of our Learn Amharic students and friends going? Let’s meet up, comment on our facebook page or send us an email.

“Heaven and Earth” documentary

Worshipper (credit film "Heaven and Earth")
Worshipper (credit film “Heaven and Earth”)

A documentary film “Heaven & Earth”, which was directed by Mackonen Michael, was screened by SOAS, University of London, earlier this month. Ethiopian film and Amharic culture is very interesting to students learning Amharic in London.
You can watch the trailer or buy or rent the film here.
It tells and shows 1,000 years or more of Ethiopian monasteries, monastic culture and ecclesiastical education. It presents the development of indigenous Christianity in an African setting, showing modern worshippers carrying on the hopes and faith directly handed down from an ancient African civilization.
It was produced by Mack Films in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Ethiopia, UNESCO, Ethiopian Air Lines & SOAS.
Director Mackonen Michael is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the BBC World Service and has produced several documentary films and radio programmes about culture in Africa. Michael also won a prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for his radio documentary “Bridging the Gap” about the lives of immigrants in the UK. The film counters stereotypes that Africa as a dark continent in need of enlightenment by outside forces.
SOAS says it is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Learn Amharic UK teaches students from beginner to advanced Amharic language, mostly through evening classes in central London.