Cinema Ethiopia

 SALEM MEKURIA is Associate Professor of Art at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and an independent film producer, writer, director, originally from Ethiopia. For a number of years, she worked with NOVA, Public Television's premier...


Salem Mekuria

Independent producer, writer, and director Salem Mekuria was born in Ethiopia but is currently based in Boston, where she is an assistant professor of art at Wellesley College. Mekuria worked for many years with NOVA and with numerous international film productions focusing on issues of African women and development. Her film YE WONZ MAIBEL (DELUGE) (1997) garnered first place in NBPC’s Prized Pieces and at the Black Maria Film & Video Festival, and has screened internationally. FORCED EXILE (1991) received the Silver Apple in the National Educational Film & Video Festival, Honorable Mention, 7th Annual Atlanta Film & Video Festival, First Place in the National Black Programming Consortium’s Prized Pieces, and Outstanding Independent Film in the New England Film & Video Festival. AS I REMEMBER IT: A PORTRAIT OF DOROTHY WEST (1991) and OUR PLACE IN THE SUN (1988) also garnered various awards and recognition, including an Emmy nomination for the latter. Both were broadcast on WGBH Public Television in Boston. (09/09)

As I Remember It
A film by Salem Mekuria, 1991, 56 min., Color

This intimate portrait of writer Dorothy West explores the forgotten role of women in the Harlem Renaissance. From the perspective of her 83 years, th...

Sidet: Forced Exile
A film by Salem Mekuria, 1991, 60 min., Color

During the past two decades, more than two million refugees have left Ethiopia. Famine, poverty and political strife as well as the religious persecut...


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