Ethiopian Cinema and Oromo Democracy During Political Crisis

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Join Dr. Steven W. Thomas, Associate professor of English and Film Studies at Wagner College, New York for a guest lecture on how Oromo movies made in 2015 and 2016 show the Gada system of democracy. 

Two short 10-minute films will be screened to illustrate the core Oromo ideas.  Dr. Thomas co-authored an article on this subject with Teferi Nigussie Tafa when he was a Fulbright Scholar at Addis Ababa University in 2016.  The article was published just a few months ago in a book on Ethiopian cinema by Michigan State University press.  In addition to talking about the importance of Oromo democracy for Ethiopian movie culture, Dr. Thomas will also talk about his personal experiences teaching and conducting research during a politically difficult time when the government declared a state of emergency.  Especially important is significance of the 2016 Irreechaa Festival.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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