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Ethiopian cinema, like the country’s film industry as a whole, is a new phenomena. Ethiopia’s film industry is thriving, but it is plagued by difficulties that prevent it from attaining its full potential. Ethiopians used to prefer live stage theater, which resulted in a small number of relatively successful stage actors. In the 2000s, Ethiopian films modernized by introducing Amharic language, although copyright infringement and piracy slowed their advancement due to widespread home video and DVD distribution. This declined as a result of government participation and policy imposition in the early 2010s. Despite recent advances, Ethiopian film production has remained low-quality in compared to international premieres due to a low-budget, amateurish approach. Prior to the 1990s, there was minimal information available on overseas box office grossers. Haile Gerima, Salem Mekuria, Yemane Demissie, and Teshome Gabriel are among the most well-known figures who have helped Ethiopian films achieve international fame.
Ethiopian films in the 2000s were remarkable for their usage of the Amharic language. However, many 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. In 2013, the Ethiopian government announced plans to launch a new film strategy in conjunction with stakeholders from a variety of businesses. To name a few examples, requiring a license, expanding film schools, imposing taxes, increasing equipment, and assisting filmmakers in supporting culturally diverse productions. Scholars such as Aboneh Ashagrie and Alessandro Jedlowski, on the other hand, believe that Ethiopian films will never achieve international acclaim due to filmmaking tendencies toward an amateurish style that deviates from international conventions. There have also been foreign successes, such as Difret (2014) and Prince of Love (2015), as well as home successes, such as Rebuni (2015) and Yewendoch Guday (2015). (2007). In a 2003 essay for Annales d’Ethiopie, Berhanou Abebbé reported that a Frenchman brought the first cinematic artifacts to Ethiopia in 1898 and sold them to Italian minister Federico Ciccodicola [it]. Ciccodicola then gave Emperor Menelik II a gift. According to the memoirs of historians Berhanou and Richard Pankhurst, the Majesty witnessed a variety of films over the course of several decades prior to the first public film exhibition in (1909–1910). Ethiopians completed and built the first cinema in 1923.

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