The CSIS Global Health Policy Center produced this video, following a bipartisan congressional staff delegation to Ethiopia in February 2014. The video is designed to bring the voices of Ethiopian women and girls, as well as champions of family planning, into the U.S. policy discussion. Through the voices of rural women at health posts, health extension workers, and an Orthodox priest, along with an official of the Ministry of Health and the First Lady, the video vividly highlights the importance of family planning as a core component of Ethiopia’s development. The full report can be found here: csis.org/files/publication/140417_Fleischman_FamilyPlanningEthiopia_Web.pdf.
The winners of the first PRIX IRIS in Amsterdam were made public in the Netherland. This EUROPEAN MEDIA AWARD for equality and tolerance aims to award that contributes to greater mutual understanding, thereby bridging the gap between cultures and societies.
The winner in the category TV Non-Fiction is: BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL? (Svart är vackert?), directors: Ulf Hultberg and Åsa Faringer, produced by Original Film AB.
The independent jury had to make a choice from over 130 entries from 25 European countries.
The jury motivated her choice for Black is Beautiful?, Scandinavian co-production as follows:
“A multicultural district in Stockholm. Some would call it a ghetto. The district is called Rinkeby. The girl is named Margitu, a Sweed born and bred in Rinkeby, but black.
‘Sometimes I feel like an Ethiopian, sometimes like a Russian. But a lot of the time I feel like a Swede.’ The documentary Black is Beautiful? is perhaps half fiction, owing to the intensive use of music and mood editing, but it is based on the diary of this young girl and told us by the directors Ulf Hultberg and Åsa Faringer and is clearly non-fiction. We have seldom seen an anti-racist video statement, which is so universally moving. Television is emotion and Hultberg and Faringer understand that. They have earned with their approach the description renewing. It is power lies in the way it brings the viewer into Margitu’s innocent childhood and makes real the menaces of racism. Because of its quality and potential effect on the viewers the jury decided to give this entry the first PRIX IRIS price for Non-Fiction programming in the year 1996.”
Ethiopia's first ever video-mapping show premiered the debut single of a brand new girl band accompanied by Ethiopian musical superstar Haile Roots.
The video-mapping show took place on the front of the National Theatre in Addis Ababa and was part of an event to launch Yegna, a music-based radio show created to help girls in Ethiopian unleash their potential.