New York: Audience Gives Thumbs Up to Guzo (Watch Video)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, August 10, 2009

New York (Tadias) – The award-winning Ethiopian film Guzo premiered at Helen Mills Theatre in New York City on Saturday, August 8, 2009 and received big thumbs up from the audience.

Robel and Lydia, two Addis Ababa urbanites, felt they had what it takes to live and survive in the countryside, doing the daily chores and farming with their respective host families. By day 17 they “wanted to go home.” Guzo does a spectacular job of capturing rural life, from grueling long walks to the market to late night Areqe inspired talk and dance. Robel and Lydia learn it is no small feat to survive and raise a family under such harsh and oftentimes monotonous conditions. Robel’s host mentions he will not miss Robel at work but bends his head and weeps when he realizes their days are numbered. A farmer’s wife, Belge, confesses that Lydia is the first female friend she’s had, and knows she will miss her for years to come. Guzo pulls at your heartstrings, often making you laugh till your belly aches and then suddenly forcing tears to well up in your eyes. It captures the beauty of Ethiopian culture, tradition, and all the heartache that comes with living with little resources. Although both Robel and Lydia claim that one cannot fully understand and appreciate rural life until they live it everyday, watching them work and survive 20 days brings one as close to the feeling as one could ever get.

The following Tadias video captures the audience’s reaction to Guzo.

10 Responses to “New York: Audience Gives Thumbs Up to Guzo (Watch Video)”


  1. 1 Mahlet Aug 10th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I enjoyed the movie so much. I laughed until my stomach hurt and I cried like a baby. This is a must see!!!

    Congratulations Aida Ashenafi.

    Last but not least, Thank you so much Tadias and crew for the wonderful work you guys do!! Big Thank you! And keep up the good work.

    Mahlet
    NYC

  2. 2 Linda Aug 11th, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Hi, just wondering, when is this movie going to premier in London?

  3. 3 melkamsew Aug 11th, 2009 at 6:35 am

    my problem is i didn’t see the film, because of my generalization that Ethiopian films are characterized by high production costs and low quality and creativity.

    As to me, i love the way the film was made. it is a bit unusual and one step forward for Ethiopian film Industry which is so poor in new ideas, creativity, production.anything else?

    so for my own judgment , i have to see it. but i don’t know where i can get it. please Aida can u help me getting into it?

  4. 4 Nebil Aug 11th, 2009 at 7:35 am

    This is a must see movie. Terrific in every aspect! When is it coming to the West Coast?

    Cheers,
    Nebil

  5. 5 Saba Aug 11th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Big appreciation for Tadias Magazine, always.. hope you let us know when it shows in Washington DC…

  6. 6 Monica Ephrem Aug 11th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I loved this film! I recommend it to one and all! I laughed and cried. The cinematography of the countryside was breath-taking. Excellent production. Thank you Tsehai and Tadias for the wonderful coverage and promotion of this documentary. Congratulations, Aida!

  7. 7 Aida Ashenafi Aug 19th, 2009 at 7:00 am

    This is Aida Ashenafi checking in from Addis. Thank you all so much for your support.

  8. 8 Mola Aug 26th, 2009 at 7:47 am

    And this is the film Edna Mall (Addis Ababa’s new movie theater around Bole Medhanialem) would not show saying it was substandard. Seems that it is rather the other way around!

  9. 9 Anteneh . Tesfaye Feb 2nd, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    My family and I have seen Guzo in Washington D.C. and it was wonderful in terms of story, content and the way it was made. It was very funny. I laughed at the end, I choked and, yes, I cried. It was a movie needed to be made. It had no boring politics, no violence, no HIV story, no mother india flavor, not even bad words. This was a clean familly oriented movie. Really great film. I give it B+. And I recommend for everyone to see it.

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