Date: 9. May 2016 13:30 - 13. May 2016 21:00
Category: Festival

Nordic Film Festival in Addis Ababa

On May 9-13, the Nordic Embassies in Addis Ababa are hosting a Nordic Film Festival, with the theme “Women’s Empowerment”, to take place at the Goethe-Institut in Addis Ababa. There will be screenings every night from 6.00 pm, and the screenings are free for all.

More information about the Nordic Film Festival is available on the FB-page 

The Nordic Film Festival is organized by the Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, in cooperation with the student association Yellow Movement and the Goethe-Institut.

The Festival is organized with the aim to highlight the importance of women’s independence and empowerment in society, something that is a common value for all the Nordic countries. All of the movies screened during the festival either have a female director or female lead characters, and will inspire both men and women to realize the importance of having women in power throughout our society.

A panel discussion on the theme of the festival “Women’s empowerment” will be held after the movie screening on Thursday, 12th of May. The panel discussion will highlight women’s role in shaping culture, how women are portrayed publicly, and how that affects our societies.

The panelists taking part are:

1.      Mette Thygesen, Ambassador of Denmark to Ethiopia
Ambassador Thygessen was appointed to Ethiopia in 2015 and has had a long career within the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

2.      Azeb Worku
A well-known director, writer and actress who amongst other engagements has created the Ethiopian TV-series “Dana”.

3.      Abraham Gezahegne
Regarded as one of the most professional experts in the Ethiopian film industry for his creative and detailed directing. Famous for his movies “Lomi Shita” and the recently released film “Ye Negen Alweldim”, addressing the mass killing called “Red Terror” in Ethiopian history.

Screening of the Movies


Monday: In a better world (Denmark) – 9th of May, 6.00 PM

Denmark’s most prominent female director, Susanne Bier, directed this Oscar and Golden Globe awarded movie. In a better world is a story about revenge and forgiveness, unfolding both in a Kenyan refugee camp and in a small Danish village.

Tuesday: Young and Promising (Norway) – 10th of May, 6.00 PM

In the TV-series “Young and promising” ("Unge lovende") we meet three ambitious girls in their 20s, trying to follow their dreams in Oslo. Life in the capital offers dreams and commitments, anxiety and love. The friends reunite when Elise is on a short trip to Oslo to renew her visa to the United States. Alex wants to study at the Theatre Academy, and Nenne meets a person who can help her one step closer to publish her book.

Wednesday: Waltz for Monica (Sweden) – 11th of May, 6.00 PM

From telephone operator in the small Swedish town of Hagfors to a world famous jazz singer in New York. The Swedish jazz singer, actress and icon Monica Zetterlund's career and life are portrayed through stardom and hardship.

Thursday: Yegna Movie + Panel Discussion (Yellow Movement) – 12th of May, 6.00 PM

A movie about overcoming challenges. Five young women travel to Addis Abeba to compete in a music contest and follow their dreams despite that people close to them try to hold them back.

Friday: Hella W (Finland) – 13th of May, 6.00 PM

This biographical drama-thriller takes place during the 1940’s and tells us the story about one of Finland’s most complex and widely talented women, Hella Wulijoki. She was a successful writer, politician, businesswoman and possibly even a Soviet spy.

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