Spotlight on Actress Tigist Selam

Above: Actress Tigist Selam’s role in Nelson George’s new web
series called “Left Unsaid” reflects her own cultural background.
The film is based on Facebook. – (Photo credit: by Louis Seigal)

Tadias Magazine
By Tseday Alehegn

Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New York (Tadias) – Our own Tigist Selam, host of Tadias TV, is featured in a new film called Left Unsaid where she plays an Ethiopian-German character named “Bethlehem” – a role that reflects the actress’ own cultural background as half-Ethiopian and half-German.

Written and directed by Nelson George, Executive Producer of “Good Hair,” Left Unsaid begins with a woman using Facebook to invite a large group of women to her new Brooklyn apartment for Sunday brunch.

“Marisol, recently separated from her music executive husband, has just landed in the Fort Greene area from Manhattan and seeks out new friends in this trendy, rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Social networking is the engine that brings this multi-cultural group of women together and it is a thematic link that holds together the various conversations and confrontations that happen on one long afternoon. The women are brought together, pulled a part, and some quietly transformed by the opportunities for communication social networking makes possible,” states the synopsis posted on the film’s official website.

The online series, which was well received at the American Black Film Festival in Miami this month, is now live on the web at http://www.Leftunsaidseries.com. Tigist Selam is featured in chapters 3, 4, 8, 14 & 18.

About the Author:
Tseday Alehegn is the Editor-in-Chief of Tadias Magazine.

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Tigist Selam interviewed Maya Haile at home in Harlem on Tuesday
June 15, 2010. (Video by Kidane Films)

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7 Responses to “Spotlight on Actress Tigist Selam”


  1. 1 Brooks Jun 30th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    TG-every opportunity must be pursued and conquered. Good luck.Thanks.

  2. 2 GIGI Jun 30th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I have known Tigi for a long time. She has a heart of gold and the mind of Albert Einstein, in her own ways. Bilingual, multicultural, just all rounded and organically beautiful, life-loving, fun person! She cheers every party!!

    You are doing great Tigi and I wish you all the best!!

  3. 3 T.F. Sebastian Jul 1st, 2010 at 10:58 am

    As a filmmaker and long time resident of Brooklyn, I have the highest respect for the native son of this borough Nelson George, one of the foremost culture critics, journalists, and filmmakers of his generation. Tigist Selam – you have done a marvelous job in his new work. You join the ranks of people who have been privileged to work with him including Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee, Queen Latifah, Chris Rock, among many others. Of the fifteen or so books he has written, I strongly recommend to those interested to read The Michael Jackson Story (1984), Reflections on African-Americans and the Movies (1994), and above all, The James Brown Reader, a collection of articles about the Godfather of Soul (2008). In his latest work “Left Unsaid,” (2010) through the talents of actresses like Tigist Selam, the director once again delivers short, timely and powerful messages.

  4. 4 Chyna Jul 1st, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Beautiful!! Looking forward to seeing more work. Congrats Tigist!! Keep up your awesome work!!

  5. 5 Surafel Jul 1st, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Selam Tigist,

    I have a wonderful movie script that you might be interested in taking a look. There is perfect role in it for you. I need someone who can easily zoom in and out of three languages: English, French and German and a bit of Amharic. Tadias says I should contact you via Facebook or twitter. I shall do so.

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