African Film Festival NY Features Zelalem Woldemariam’s “Lezare”

Zelalem Woldemariam, pictured at the 7th African Film Festival award ceremony in Tarifa, Spain in 2010, is the producer and director of the acclaimed short film "Lezare," playing in NYC this week. (File Photo)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Friday, August 2, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – Zelalem Woldemariam’s Lezare (For Today), a 12 minute movie that explores the link between environmental degradation and poverty through a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in a small village in southern Ethiopia, is being screened on Friday, August 2nd at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx as part of the 2013 African Film Festival New York Summer Series — Cinema Under The Stars.

Organizers say not to worry if it rains because they will simply move the screening indoors nearby to The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Lezare, a beautifully shot film about global warming and shortsightedness, was the recipient of the 2010 “Best Short Film Youth Jury Award” given at the 7th African Film Festival in Tarifa, Spain.

Watch: Lezare Trailer (Zeleman Production)

If You Go:
Friday, August 2nd – 6:00pm
LOCATION Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx
(161st street and Grand concourse)
RAIN VENUE The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Learn more at

Lezare will be Followed by the Film Soul Boy by Hawa Essuman (Kenya/Germany, 2010, 60min)

14 year-old Abila lives with his parents in Kibera, in Nairobi, Kenya. One morning the teenager discovers his father ill and delirious. Abila wants to help his father and goes in search of a suitable cure. Supported by his friend Shiku who is the same age as him, he learns that his father has gambled his soul away in the company of a spiritual woman. The teenager sets about looking for the witch. When he discovers her in the darkest corner of the ghetto, she gives him seven challenging tasks to save his father’s lost soul. Abila embarks on an adventurous journey which leads him right through the microcosm of his home town.

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