Amleset Muchie’s documentary – a story on climate change and Ethiopia’s environmental degradation– will be shown in Addis Ababa on June 7, 2014 as a part of the Addis International Film Festival.

Amleset Muchie’s documentary – a story on climate change and Ethiopia’s environmental degradation– will be shown in Addis Ababa on June 7, 2014 as a part of the Addis International Film Festival.
Amleset, known for her production and starring roles in romantic comedies “Se Le Fikir” and “Ye Felegal”, is also an environmental activist.
The 25-minutes film “Arenguade Meret” she wrote and produced had its premiere at Hilton Hotel on October 11, 2013, to general Amleset Muchieacclaim. The film based on the experience of the former Ethiopian president Girma Woldegiorigs touches environmental issues and his effort to enlighten the public about the ugliness of pollution and habitat destruction.
The filmmaker will not be present at the screening as she is currently touring the US with her musician husband, Teddy Afro, Ethiopia Observer has learnt.
Amleset who studied filmmaking at New York Film Academy first wanted to do a biopic on the former president for her school project but she later decided to focus on the president’s engagement and activism at his own request. She admitted that she herself only learned about “the mass destruction of Ethiopia’s forests” after she started researching for the documentary and she was shocked to see how forests had been severely damaged and were poorly protected.
Amleset and her team have filmed stories behind land degradation, deforestation, and conservation in the Menagesha Suba forest and other parts of the country. She interviewed activists, wood carrier women, environmental experts such as Prof. Legese Negash, and she shares her own personal thoughts, making for an intimate cinematic experience.
She said she hoped the film will serve as a “wakeup call” for the community to pay more attention to land degradation and to support projects such as tree plantings.
The soundtrack for the documentary was made by her husband, Teddy Afro and Selew Demisse (popularly known as Gash Abera Mola).
The 2006 Miss Ethiopia founded Maya Film Pictures to produce documentary and feature films. Another film that she produced and directed on the issue adoption isn’t released yet.
The actress and model’s film is one of the 30 documentary films featured at the Addis International Film Festival taking place for the 8th time. The event will take place at the Alliance Ethio-Française and the Italian Cultural Institute from June 7- 11, 2014.
She is planning to show her documentary at different cinemas, colleges and universities.

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