Our Ethiopia

This programme, led by film-maker Jon Robson was geared to further international, creative links between Hull and Ethiopian schools.

Cafesociety.org first visited Ethiopia as part of the Unicef & Bob Marley Foundation’s event Africa Unite in 2005.
Our aim was to work with communities and train young people in using digital film making techniques, enabling them to produce digital media content which included short films, podcasts and a collection of digital photographs.

The students we worked with attended the JRDC School in Shashemene. The films aimed to capture the lives of the young people involved in making them. A selection of the films are available on YouTube and are used regularly by teachers and young people as citizenship and PSHE learning resources.

Our Ethiopia – Films by young people in Ethiopia

The city of Addis Ababa opened her arms and warmly welcomed everyone involved with Africa Unite 2005. The event was a tremendous success highlighted by a concert attented by 300,000 people.

Ethiopia. The home of the first written music, preceding Europe by a thousand years. Home of one of the most ancient alphabets. Home of the ancient obelisks of Axum, the Lalibela churches, the Saf Omarn Caves, the Kunse terraces and Harar. The home of much, much more plus 70 million Ethiopians with more than 80 languages. A mix of spiritual and cultural wonders side by side with extreme poverty and want due to wars and aggression.

The Africa Unite Symposium was organised as part of the celebrations to honour the 60th anniversary of the Honour Rebel, Bob Nesta Marley, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 2-4 February 2005. Several organisations – The African Union, The Bob Marley and Rita Marley Foundations, UNICEF, Economic Commission for Africa and World Bank – came together to organise a symposium, which would give an opportunity to African young people from the continent and from the Diaspora, using Bob Marley’s songs, to examine the African condition, to debate issues, and point out problems which impede the realisation of African Unity; keep the African Woman under multidimensional forms of exploitation and oppression and which marginalise African youth, cultural workers (artists, musicians, painters and dramatists) from participating fully in building a viable, free, economically self reliant and culturally proud continent.

The content of these films will inform future learning in Hull schools, around film making and citizenship and is geared to enhance a creative dialogue between Ethiopian and Hull schools. These films were produced during the Africa Unite event held in Ethiopia.