This is a short film I shot while in Ethiopia this summer. It is an attempt to portray some of the poverty and injustice in Africa and provide a window into a world unbeknown to most people.
The world is broken. It breaks my heart seeing all the needs and hurts of this world. However, we are responsible for what we have seen. We need to live everyday in awareness of this fact.
The dump in the film is located in Korah, one of the poorest slum areas in all of Addis. It was once considered the outskirts of the city and was the place where all the outcasts (the sick, lepers, homeless, and unwanted) resided. The women and children who are picking trash sell each bag for roughly 3 burr, which is equivalent to 25 cents. Some of them even live in cardboard houses on the dump. Find more info here: help4korah.blogspot.com/
All the men and women who were weaving in the film were in a leprosy hospital. The hospital was funded by an organization called ALERT. ALERT provides one of the only hospitals in Ethiopia that performs surgery for impairments caused by leprosy. They also help develop skills and provide jobs to those affected by leprosy. These people were making rugs and garments to sell at markets.
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