FINDING SALLY

FINDING SALLY

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Dir. Tamara Dawit
Canada/Ethiopia. 2020. 78 mins. English, Amharic with English subtitles.

Finding Sally is a documentary based on inexplicable but true events. In the summer of 1973, Sally, a child of an upper-class family, travels to Ethiopia, her home country for holidays. There, she soon becomes an enemy of the state and a top-ranking member of the Communist Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party. And then disappears. Four decades after the fact, director Tamara Dawit tries to put the pieces of her aunt’s disappearance back together in this film, which also exhumes a dark period in Ethiopian political history, marked for its violence, upheaval, and mass killings.

Our Online Dine & View took place on Friday 6 November with a Live Q&A with director Tamara Dawit

As part of Film Africa 2020 and our much-loved foodie strand Dine & View; we teamed up with Eat Ethio to bring you a special recipe from Ethiopia.

Eat Ethio, was created by food and culture curator Helina Tesega, and celebrates the ingredients, artisans and culture of Ethiopia. One of OkayAfrica’s 100 Women, Helina has created a movement that provides a modern insight into the food, coffee, music, designs, and culture of Ethiopia. It was Tesega’s own yearning for her country’s food that inspired her to create Eat Ethio supper clubs and events.

“Like everyone living away from home, I missed my food, so I decided to cook for myself, adapting recipes to work around the ingredients I could find. I experimented and borrowed ideas from other cuisines. What I came up with worked. I shared my food with friends and that’s how the idea for Eat Ethio happened. My aim was to pass on my love for the Ethiopian food and the culture that I grew up with, delivering it in the way I felt it should be represented.”

Helina truly believes that through food, you can get a true taste for a country. “Ethiopia has a lot to offer, I just want to make sure I do it justice, the food is just the beginning.”

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Tamara Dawit
Tamara Dawit is an Ethiopian-Canadian filmmaker based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she runs the production company Gobez Media. Tamara also manages the Creative Producers Training Program which supports the development, training and export of Ethiopian film and music content. She directed the short film, Grandma Knows Best (2014). She is currently producing the feature documentary Qeerroo (2020) and the feature drama the Last Tears of the Deceased. Tamara Dawit was in residency with Docs in Progress in Washington, D.C. in 2018 and the Talents Durban documentary lab in 2015. She is a member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia and the Film Fatales.

Helina Tesega – Eat Ethio
Eat Ethio, was created by food and culture curator Helina Tesega, and celebrates the ingredients, artisans and culture of Ethiopia. One of OkayAfrica’s 100 Women, Helina has created a movement that provides a modern insight into the food, coffee, music, designs, and culture of Ethiopia. It was Tesega’s own yearning for her country’s food that inspired her to create Eat Ethio supper clubs and events.