Join the Arts Education Program, Ethiopia Reads, and One World Play Project for a special Literary/Media Arts and Sporting event. This family-friendly afternoon will be of interest to independent film and soccers fans alike!
Activities start at noon including hands-on activity, demonstrations, a raffle, giveaways, and hospitality. The movie screening of Horizon Beautiful will begin at 1:30 pm in the ETK Theatre.
Hospitality provided with generous support from the Grand Foundation.
About the Movie:
Horizon Beautiful, Comedy, 88 Minutes - A soccer magnate on a promotion tour in Addis Ababa gets mixed up in a fake kidnapping. His supposed liberator is a 12-year old street kid with a plan - to have the Godfather of soccer take him to ballplayer's heaven; however nothing goes as planned!
Director Stefan Jäger was invited to teach at the Blue Nile Film and Television Academy in Addis Ababa, the only film school in Ethiopia. Learning that it is difficult for many students to find work after their studies, Abraham, the school founder, and Stefan came up with the idea of this challenging and unique film collaboration. Abraham and Stefan would work as the director for the film while the rest of the crew would be comprised of former and current students of the Blue Nile film school.
The main actor, Henok Tadele, was a 12-year-old kid orphan living on the streets. His life has completely changed since shooting this film; he is back in school, has a place to live, and is now helping orphan kids at Selam village – an internationally acclaimed institution.
About Ethiopa Reads:
Founded in 1998, Ethiopia Reads has been a leader in building youth and children’s literacy across Ethiopia. Ethiopia Reads has built more than 72 libraries and shipped more than a quarter of a million books which serves over 130,000 children per year. In addition to books, they have supplied each library with furniture and educational materials, as well as training in literacy and librarianship. They offer a mobile library program called “Horse Powered Literacy” which shares books with children in rural communities who do not have access to libraries.
Ethiopia Reads’ mission is to bring reading to children wherever they are, even in the most remote places. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Reads engages young athletes through the Team Tesfa running program, as well as the urban mobile literacy program that supports existing reading spaces with materials, training, and volunteers. Ethiopia Reads has impacted over one million children throughout the country.
About One World Play Project:
One World Play Project is turning the world into a field of play. Founded in 2010, they offer ultra-durable soccer balls made with non-toxic foam built to withstand the harshest conditions. Each ball that is bought, the company gives one to an organization working with youth in disadvantaged communities worldwide. With their Buy One, Give One and Give Balls programs, they have distributed over 1 million balls to communities around the world.
One World Play Project believes everyone should have the opportunity to play, regardless of gender, race or political or religious affiliation.