Screen/Society--Special Events--"Zemene" + Q&A

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Film Screening: "Zemene" (Melissa Donovan, 2014, 68 min, USA, in English, Color, DCP)/ "Zemene" is a full-length documentary that follows a spirited 10-year old Ethiopian girl, Zemenework (Zemene), as she fights to keep hope alive and survive her life-threatening condition of Kyphosis, a severe curvature of the spine. Set in the beautiful countryside of Ethiopia, the story begins in Zemene's small rural village of Belessa. Zemene is a shy, malnourished girl who has a slim chance at a healthy life. By complete chance or fate, Zemene's need for help is unexpectedly met when she crosses paths with Dr. Rick Hodes as she walks past a coffee shop he frequents. Dr. Hodes, a medical internist specializing in spinal conditions, invites Zemene and her uncle to Ethiopia's capital city of Addis Ababa. Here Dr. Hodes provides the support and resources she needs to gain physical strength and an education. Five years after her journey began, Zemene, a much healthier, radiant young woman returns to her home to retrace the steps of her past. "Zemene" movingly depicts how individuals offering help to children in need can have a ripple effect, transforming not only individual lives, but communities as well./"I will be getting everyone I know to watch this wonderful movie. It's a reminder of our humanity and the great work that one person can do to change another person's life. Just briliant."--ABRAHAM VERGHESE, Author of "Cutting for Stone" / Trailer:


Bryan Center Griffith Film Theater