The Anglo-Ethiopian Society
Film Africa 2011 - Square Stories (Screening with Lobi, Phyllis, and The Deliverance of Comfort)
Director Salem Mekuria
Saturday 5th November 2011
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
1.00pm, Tickets £9.00, Concessions £6.50.
This triptych video installation dwells on the public central square of Addis Ababa as a site of conflicting and layered Ethiopian histories and memories. First dedicated by Emperor Menelik to his Minister of War, Ras Birru, at the end of the eighteenth century, the land was then renamed ‘Maskal Square’ (Square of the Cross) and made the site of an annual celebration by Emperor Haile Selassie (1930-1974). Later, it became ‘Revolution Square’, and most recently has alternately been used for religious celebration, secular activities, and political protests.
Dir. Salem Mekuria
Ethiopia/US, 2010, 24 mins
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+ Q&A with Nigerian filmmaker and artist Zina Saro-Wiwa
More information can be found on the Film Africa 2011 website.