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Documentary "Awra Amba, rethink a beautiful place"

Tuesday, 8 March, 2016 - 19:00
Rits
Dansaertstraat 70, 1000 Brussel
Crosstalks
026292218
Goedele.Nuyttens@vub.ac.be
Film + debate

In 1972, in the Amhara region of Ethiopia, a young farmer called Zumra Nuru decided that he’d had enough of the way things were in society. He wanted to live in a world where women and men were equal and where traditions and religion did not dictate every aspect of life. Despite not being able to read or write, Zumra followed his dream and set out to create a new society, called Awra Amba in 1972. The community endured many difficulties over several decades, including armed attacks and years of hardship and near starvation.

Today, Awra Amba is a thriving, gender-equal democracy and hugely successful social enterprise. Business is booming, which has allowed the community to invest in social services, like education and healthcare, which they have shared with thousands of people in the region. This, in turn, has helped to improve their relationship with many of their former enemies – most of whom now see Awra Amba as a positive example of change and development.

PROGRAMME: 
  • 18.00-19.00h. - Ticketing
  • 19.00-20.30h. - Special preview screening of Awra Amba, Rethink a Beautiful World, aninteractive non-linear documentary, in presence of the filmmakers Paulina Tervo and Serdar Ferit, who will be VJ'ing this non-linear documentary experience.
  • 20.30-21.30h. - Aftertalk with the directors of the film Paulina Tervo and Serdar Ferit, and Els Leye (VUB)
  • 21.30-23.00h. - Drinks & networking in the Rits Café

Tickets cost 2 euros (for students, EhB-staff and CJP-members) or 5 euros (externals). Tickets are on sale at the entrance of CINEMA RITS each film evening between 18.00h and 19.00h.

Watch a trailer of this movie on www.visitawraamba.com/

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