Documentary Film

In 2009 Tamesol made a documentary film for the Amhara Development Association (ADA) about the Protection of Basic Services – Social Accountability (PBS-SA) program. This documentary film was intended to document the program and how it was done by ADA and on the same time it is to be used as training material for the extension of the PBS-SA program on the next nationwide stage. The film documents the methodology and realization of the program. At the same time the film shows beneficiaries and places profiting from this program.

This project was followed by a second one, where the work of ADA was presented to the public. This project had several components. First a documentary film of 30 minutes to show the work and dedication of ADA in Amhara in the last 16 years. A second part was a series of short feature films about the different programs. The films were mostly filmed at their original places and show people who profited from different programs. The mixture of drama, where essential scenes from the past of the persons were done as a drama and the interviews with the characters made a big impact on the audience. This project was conducted by two separate film teams who covered all zones and most woredas in Amhara Regional State. The separate film teams had well prepared scripts for the feature films and an extended shoot list for the documentation, so that the collected material could be edited easily together. One film team was equipped with two cameramen to be able to do more efficient filming of the dramas and to split up at some places to keep up with interviews and additional filming.


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This 40 minutes training film was shot in Woliso, Konso and Yabello and documents mediation training facilitated by GIZ with its Civil Peace Service program, the House of Federation and Inmedio Berlin (an international training firm) to government officials, elders and other stakeholders mainly from the Oromia and SNNP regions.

This 120-hour mediation course resulted in the development of a new approach for mediation in Ethiopia. This new approach of mediation incorporates best practices of wise elders and international models and is compatible with the law of the country. The film was produced to be a training material for those interested in duplicating this project in the country.

Film Editing

Tamesol was editing and finalizing a documentary film for presenting Ethiopia to the participants of the 2009 Saudi-East African Forum from different sources.

Tamesol was editing and finalizing a documentary film for the opening of the Martyrs Memorial Museum in Addis Ababa on March 7, 2010. The documentary uses original film material from the early 1970ies up to the mid 1990ies to describe the time from the overthrow of the monarchy in Ethiopia until the overthrow of the DERG regime and the following court cases against those responsible for the Red Terror.