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Ethiopian cinema, like the rest of the country’s film industry, is a relatively new phenomenon. Ethiopia’s film industry is thriving, but it is hampered with obstacles that are preventing it from attaining its full potential. Ethiopians have historically favoured live stage theater, which has resulted in a very small number of excellent stage actors. Ethiopian films modernized in the 2000s by adding the Amharic language, although copyright infringement and piracy slowed their advancement owing to widespread home video and DVD distribution. As a result of government engagement and policy imposition in the early 2010s, this lessened. Despite recent improvements, Ethiopian film production has remained low-quality in compared to foreign premieres due to a low-budget, amateurish approach. There was virtually limited data on overseas box office grossers prior to the 1990s. Haile Gerima, Salem Mekuria, Yemane Demissie, and Teshome Gabriel are among the most well-known people who have helped Ethiopian films gain international acclaim.
Ethiopian films in the 2000s were remarkable for their usage of the Amharic language. On the other hand, several directors were concerned about piracy as a result of DVD distribution. According to the Addis Ababa Culture and Tourism Bureau, output climbed from 10 to 112 films between 2005 and 2012. Ethiopia’s government declared in 2013 that it would launch a new film strategy in partnership with a number of commercial businesses. A few examples include obtaining a license, expanding film schools, enforcing fees, improving equipment, and aiding filmmakers in promoting culturally diverse projects. Scholars such as Aboneh Ashagrie and Alessandro Jedlowski, on the other hand, believe that Ethiopian films will never achieve international acclaim due to the amateurish style of filmmaking that deviates from international norms. Difret (2014) and Prince of Love (2015) were international hits, while Rebuni (2015) and Yewendoch Guday (2015) were domestic hits (2015). (2007). In a 2003 article for Annales d’Ethiopie, Berhanou Abebbé claimed that a Frenchman brought the first film artifacts to Ethiopia in 1898 and sold them to Italian minister Federico Ciccodicola [it]. Emperor Menelik II was then given with a gift by Ciccodicola. According to historians Berhanou and Richard Pankhurst’s recollections, the Majesty witnessed a variety of films over the course of several decades prior to the first public cinema presentation in (1909–1910). Ethiopians completed and built the first cinema in 1923.

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