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Meles Zenawi: Prime minister Ethiopia

Owen Alik Shahadah | Director

Owen 'Alik Shahadah is a multi-award master of the Documentary format. With a distinctive aesthetic Shahadah uses film to give agency and visibility to African people. Testimony to this is his film 500 Years Later.

He is best known for authoring works, which deal with African history, social justice, education and world peace. He produces work that articulates a multidimensional African world perspective. His entry into Motherland was to produce a single body of work which would articulate African past and present in dignity reaffirming terms. As a scholar and writer he is an expert in African slavery, identity, and culture. With a special interest in agency and social linguistics.

As a businessman he believes culture and economic development are inseparable. Visit his Website Join Us on Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Meles Zenawi: Prime minister Ethiopia

Betelihem Zelealem | Editor

Betelihem Zelealem is an Ethiopian camera person and digital Non-linear editor who works for Halaqah Films, a multi-award winning company based in UK and the USA. As a young lady Betelihem Zelealem is a shining example of African youth future. Coming from a middle class family in Addis Ababa Ms. Zelealem worked in the print industry for most of her working career.

By chance she joined a visiting Halaqah Media film crew as translator for a film being made in Ethiopia's Harar region. From this point on she learned camera and later editing skills. She was trained by international and multi-award winning director Owen Alik Shahadah. She has edited the critically acclaimed film Our Story Our Voice, which was nominated at the Pan-African film festival in 2007.

 


Omer Redi | Motherland Casting Director (Ethiopia)

Omer Redi | Casting Director

A stern Pan-Africanist, Omer Redi is currently a correspondent for a couple of international media - including Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa and Pan-African News Agency (PANAPRESS) – and a part-time communications consultant based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. An acclaimed journalist with profound knowledge of the media industry, and an emerging star in Pan-African film making, Omer has played a critical role in the Motherland film project. As a Casting Director of the film he made sure that the film got key inputs by arranging and conducting interviews such as one with the country’s Prime Minster, Meles Zenawi. As a representative of the film in Ethiopia he is aggressively working now, through his company, i4Africa Media and Communications, for a successful official launch and public screening of Motherland and 500 Years Later in Ethiopia.



Meles Zenawi: Prime minister Ethiopia

Bethlehem Chaka | Associate Producer

Bethlehem is a dedicated associate producer. And the youngest person on the Motherland team at just 23 years old. She is from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and was responsible for handling all the day-to-day production requirements on the ground. She has a degree background in management and this skill transferred over to the film landscape. She speaks fluent English, Amharic, Oromo, and German. She also is responsible for the translation of the film into German and Amharic.

 


Meles Zenawi: Prime minister Ethiopia

Cosby Bikpe | Executive Producer

Cosby is a highly analytical & technical individual, whose driving force in the perfection of his craft is fuelled by his fresh and nontraditional approach to Film and Television Directing and Editing. After studying Film directing at the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), where he received a BFA Degree in Film and Television Production, Directing Major. In his various capacities within the Media Group he has had the opportunity to work on projects that have allowed his highly creative flair to come to the fore.

As a Director/Editor Cosby has worked on myriad of contrasting projects, often simultaneously, having to adapt and juggle creatively between them, one of which “Not My Daughter” won the Best Short Film at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in 2008.

 

 

 

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Motherland is a breathtaking film, which sweeps the continent of Africa. With an all-star cast, it is a vivid cinemMotherland is a breathtaking film, which sweeps the continent of Africa. With an all-star cast, it is a vivid cinematic centrepiece washed with an African aesthetic. A bold empowering sophisticated story of Africa, which in progressive dignity reaffirming terms looks at Africa's past, present and future. Motherland is an epic and unprecedented entry into the canon of African-owned cinema, which charts the glory and majesty of the Motherland (Enat Hager). Motherland is a film that unapologetically calls for African unity, self-determination and the African rebirth. atic centrepiece washed with an African aesthetic. A bold empowering sophisticated story of Africa, which in progressive dignity reaffirming terms looks at Africa's past, present and future. Motherland is an epic and unprecedented entry into the canon of African-owned cinema, which charts the glory and majesty of the Motherland (Enat Hager). Motherland is a film that unapologetically calls for African unity, self-determination and the African rebirth.

From the acclaimed producers of the multi-award winning 500 Years Later , Motherland is Directed by Owen ?Alik Shahadah. Motherland has been in the making since 2004 and is expected late 2009.

The film features some of the greatest minds from Africa and the Diaspora; Harry Belafonte , Meles Zenawi, Nicole C. Lee, Gamal Nkrumah,Tony Browder, Musa Njoko, Haki R. Madhubuti, Frances Cress Welsin, Tsedenia Gebremarkos, Hakim Quick, Jacob Zuma, Didymus Mutasa, Dr. Kwadwo Osei-Nyame, Jeff Radebe, Molefi Asante, Maulana Karenga, Kimani Nehusi, Desta Meghoo, Hakim Adi, Esther Stanford, Mohammad Ibn Chambas, Mulugeta Asrate, Amina Salum Ali, Sheik Elias Redman, Adama Samassekou Samia Suluhu Hassan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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