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Abyssinia Ethiopia Meeting Point- Sheba Film Festival 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 06:30pm
Director: Denis Khalifa

52 minutes- 2011-France, Amharic w/ English subtitles

The meeting of Getnet, an Ethiopian Jew, and Salomon, an Orthodox Christian, takes us into the heart of Ethiopia's history and religious traditions. The two men travel from Addis Ababa to Gonder, 900 kilometers through Ethiopia's villages and countryside. Getnet introduces Salomon to the Falasha community, who are waiting for visas for Israel, and to the Beth Abraham, rural Jews living in solitude and practicing their religious rites according to ancient oral traditions. In return, Salomon takes Getnet into the whirlwind of the Timkat festival, the Ethiopian Epiphany. The city is electrified by the rhythm of drums, mock battles, and ritual dances inspired by the Bible. It is the most spectacular event in the Horn of Africa.