Video Duration 47 minutes 30 seconds
From: Witness

Finding Selam: A gateway into Ethiopia’s complicated history

A filmmaker is determined to find out what became of her aunt who disappeared in the 1970s Ethiopian revolution.

Filmmaker: Tamara Mariam Dawit

Finding Selam tells the incredible story of a 23-year-old woman from an upper-class family who became a communist rebel with the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Party in the 1970s.

Idealistic and in love, Sally was caught up in her country’s revolutionary fervour and landed on the military government’s most wanted list. She went underground and her family never saw her again.

Four decades later, filmmaker Tamara Mariam Dawit investigates her aunt’s mysterious life. She revisits the Ethiopian revolution “Red Terror”, a period of violence, upheaval and mass killings that took aim at a generation of youth.


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