As part of the celebration of the London Olympics and Paralympic Games,
The British Embassy has commissioned an Olympic-themed short film,
titled 'Hopes of Ethiopia'.
The film focuses on the activities
and aspirations of three Ethiopian athletes as they prepare for London
2012. Featured in the film: Yanet Seyoum, Ethiopia’s first female
Olympic swimmer; Mohamed Aman, an-800 meters runner with a real shot at
winning gold and Tesfalem Gebru, paralympian who lost his hand when his
house was bombed during the Ethio-Eritrea war.
The film premiere will be on June 28 in Addis Ababa.
The main objective of this short documentary is to celebrate the hope,
talent and confidence of Ethiopia’s athletes and to showcase them to the
next generation that will seek to emulate them.
In addition to
featuring inspiring performances from some of the world’s greatest
athletes, the London 2012 Paralympic Games is an opportunity to change
attitudes towards people with disabilities by driving home the fact that
“disability is not inability” - this helps the wider goal of building a
more inclusive society. This film hopes to challenge negative attitudes
towards disability in Ethiopia by featuring Tesfalem.