Lucy’s Ethiopian Cuisine (directed by Daijah Blackburn)

My documentary features Lucy’s Ethiopian Cuisine and Variety Store in Black Rock. Inside Lucy’s, you will find a taste of an Ethiopian experience. Lucy is an authentic Ethiopian restaurant, whose owners are from Ethiopia. After watching, you will definitely want to visit.

Over an 8-week period, Buffalo youth were able to explore this region’s up-and-coming West Side community through the lens of a journalist, documentarian, and producer. Under the guidance of local filmmaker, Mark James, and a mentorship team of community partners, students independently explored issues of pollution, illiteracy, and poverty, as well as featuring some of the unique grassroots businesses flourishing on the West side. Community partners included Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, Buffalo First, Journey's End Refugee Services, People United for Sustainable Housing (P.U.S.H.), Preservation Buffalo Niagara. The finished documentaries represent a team effort that truly uncover and capture the spirit of a thriving community!

Funding for the Buffalo Youth Media Institute is provided by: Children’s Foundation of Erie County, the Cameron Baird Foundation, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, City of Buffalo and Erie County Cultural Funds.

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