Diaspora Ethiopia

10:00 / Canada / 2012 / Scratch Animation, Sand/Powder Animation, Drawing/Painting on Cells / Sound

Synopsis: “A diasporic reverie on what life would be like if the filmmaker’s family never immigrated.”

The filmmaker envisions what life would have been like if her parents never left their country of origin. The haunting imagery and disjointed narration (in Amharic, left un-translated) create a portrait of the place her mother and father called home.

Director: Hagere Selam (shimby) Zegeye-Gebrehiwot

Artist bio: Hagere Selam “shimby” Zegeye-Gebrehiwot is an artist and administrator who currently works and resides between Treaty 1 and Treaty 4 territories. They have received funding from municipal, provincial and national arts councils as well as awards from local and transnational arts organizations. Their practice engages with themes of place and it’s abstraction from a diasporic, queer and feminist perspective. Their experimental film work has been reviewed in Blackflash magazine and the Winnipeg Free Press while screening the world over. Their art writing has appeared in the Capilano Review as well as in the form of commissioned essays at artist run centres in Winnipeg. Currently, they are the Executive Director at the Saskatchewan Filmpool, Co-Director of WNDX Festival of Moving Image and guest editor of the forthcoming Art&Wonder publication.