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Dramatic children's film about urbanization and family values in Ethiopia.

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Directed by Richard Duplock
Produced by Andre Coggins and Alameyo Yifru
for Street Symphony Project and Television Trust for the Environment

Set in the beautiful drylands region of northern Ethiopia, TemeTTeme is a moving parable of about progress and the values of family life. TemeTTeme tells the story of 12-year-old Belete, who runs away from his father's desertified farm to pursue an education in the city of Addis Ababa.

The story illustrates the African proverb, "begezza rasu 'bab TemeTTeme", which means, "by his own doing, he wrapped a snake around himself." It reveals hope and resourcefulness in the midst of social and economic problems in rural and urban Ethiopia. The young actors in this film and many of the production team are street children in Addis Ababa. This film is dedicated to them and to the thousands of children whose talent and potential lies wasting and unseen on the streets of towns and cities throughout the world.

Grade Level: 4-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1998     Copyright Date: 1998
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-865-1     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-774-3

"Viewers of TemeTTeme will be engulfed in the drama Belete faces while trying to survive on the main streets of this overpopulated city...viewers will experience a sense of hope as remarkable acts of self-sufficiency, resourcefulness, survival skills and a drive toward education and self-improvement are demonstrated...Appropriate for middle-elementary school through adult audiences, TemeTTeme would add to Sociology, Economics and Multicultural Studies video collections. Recommended."
Belinda L. Robinson-Jones, Coordinator, Educational Media Center/AV Services, Ohio University/MATC Zanesville MC Journal

"Suitable for high school and college courses in cultural anthropology, anthropology of culture change/development/modernization, urban anthropology, and African studies, as well as general audiences."

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"Viewers of TemeTTeme will be engulfed in the drama...Recommended." MC Journal

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Awards and Festivals
Chris Award, Columbus International Film Festival
Second Prize, The Chicago International Children's Film Festival
BAM International Children's Film Festival
Burbank International Children's Film Festival

African Studies
At-Risk Youth
Children's Films
Children's Stories: Live Action
Developing World
Multicultural Studies
Social Psychology

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