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I didn’t know what to think when I first started watching Difret. I knew that Angelina Jolie Pitt was an executive producer and, admittedly, her reputation as a third world sugar momma slightly put me off. I wanted to watch without bias, but wondered about the possibility of back-handed racism that is always a part of the "white savior" complex.  To my pleasant surprise, I was compelled by the characters and the story they inhabit, all taking place in rural Ethiopia’s open fields, whose pastel flowers speckle the gorgeous 35mm shots. Read More
Nowadays, with all the extensive medical care, doctors and pain meds available for soon-to-be-mothers, pregnancy seems like a walk in the park! While about 200 years ago, pregnancy was almost like a death sentence, now the prospect of a childbirth-related death is almost unheard of, right? Actually, wrong. Each year childbirth complications kill 4.3 million women and babies worldwide (just as a comparison, AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis kill 4.2 million people worldwide each year). Read More
  The Spanish art director and photographer Diego Arroyo takes an unusual and refreshing approach to photographing the tribespeople of Ethiopia's Omo Valley. Instead of the portraits of tribespeople we might be familiar with, those with a clinical or sociological-- and often problematic-- perspective, he navigates lifestyles different from his own “in search of the subtle” gestural and expressive fibers that tie us all together as human beings. Read More
Thousands of Ethiopian women in Israel are reporting receiving shots of Depo-Provera, a hormonal contraceptive, every three months in Israeli clinics without their knowledge or consent.  A documentary exposing this phenomenon was released this past December, prompting widespread shock and forcing the Israeli health ministry to investigate these claims.  What the documentary revealed was that women were started on these contraceptive “jabs” while in transit camps in Ethiopia. Read More