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Jan262017

 

Ethiopian Coffee, Snacks & Screening of ‘Lamb’ at Cinema Arts

BY    LONG ISLAND PRESS

 

JANUARY 6, 2017

H2 Empower, a non-profit organization, and the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington are collaborating on a one-time fundraiser this weekend that will include a film screening, traditional Ethiopian snacks and the opportunity to purchase authentic, handmade jewelry for a good cause.

The event centers around the screening of Director Yared Zeleke’s debut film, Lamb, which appeared at the Cannes Film Festival in France in 2015. The film follows a motherless boy sent away by his father to live with relatives in rural Ethiopia. Things take a turn when the boy’s uncle suggests his beloved sheep be sacrificed, forcing the boy to act in order to save the animal’s life.

Lamb was the first Ethiopian film ever selected at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, according to CNN.

In an interview with the news network when the film debuted, Zeleke said Ethiopia’s non-existent film industry makes it difficult for nascent filmmakers to get projects off the ground.

 “There are so many difficulties facing young filmmakers in Ethiopia today,” he said. “There aren’t proper support systems in the country. We have to work on that, and I hope Lamb will open the minds and hearts of all Ethiopians to nurture real storytelling and cinema in this country.”

While bringing much-needed attention to the film is one of H2 Empower’s goals, the non-profit is also continuing the work it’s been doing for more than a dozen years in struggling African nations. Proceeds will help the organization provide girls access to high-quality education.

Included in the ticket price is a reception with Ethiopian coffee and snacks, handmade Ethiopian jewelry and scarves, plus a speaker as well as a fundraiser for education for girls in Ethiopia. Come and celebrate this phenomenal film and this magical land and culture! Lamb and Ethiopian coffee?! A no-brainer! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15-$20. 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

 

Thursday
Jun192014

Rae Came To Africa

Rae came to Ethiopia and made art in the city and the country. He found special places to work and the folks loved watching the process of creating as much as seeing the final product. His work is now in some amazing spots in Ethiopia. Checkout this article and the photos. He is contributing funds to our work. Thanks Rae for your caring and your talent.

 

http://www.12ozprophet.com/news/rae-in-africa?             utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=shushdaddy

Monday
Jun162014

One World Futbol has given h2 Empower 100 futbols for schools and athelets in the Hadiya Zone, Ethiopia. These futbols are superstrong and made of special material so they never need a pump and almost never goes flat. The excitement of having real futbols is unbelievable. Thanks to One World Futbol.

Saturday
Sep032011

Fragile Oasis

h2 Empower is featured at Fragile Oasis, a program started by astronauts to promote planet-wide cooperation to improve the lives of all people.

Please visit Fragile Oasis and vote for h2 Empower!

 

Sunday
Aug212011

Journey to Ethiopia 2015

Come join us on a wonderous journey to Ethiopia. Visit historical and cultural sights of Bahir Dar, Harar, and Addis Ababa, Awash National Park. At the same time you will see our work first hand and get involved with the schools and libraries, teachers and parents of Hosanna, Ethiopia. Our trip is scheduled for March 26 to April 8, 2015. For more information contact, Helen at hboxwill@h2empower.com.