Closing Night Film – September 13

The New York Premiere of Melissa Donovan’s must-see inspirational documentary ZEMENE about a young Ethiopian girl’s bravery in the face of enormous odds.  Living in a remote village with a rare curvature of the spine, Zemene struggles with poverty, poor education, and potentially life-threatening illnesses. But a chance encounter in the streets of Gondar with Dr. Rick Hodes sets in motion a series of events that will change Zemene’s life and the future of her village forever.  Shot throughout the beautiful countryside of Ethiopia, the film is a poetic testament to the power of compassion and the potential within us all.

We are excited and honored to confirm that Zemene will be journeying all the way from Ethiopia for this special premiere! We look forward to meeting this amazing girl and hearing from her and director Melissa Donovan!

This event is co-sponsored by the Harlem Community Development Corporation.

On August 12, 2015 ZEMENE screened at the Library of Congress, the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. Zemene’s story will be catalogued and become part of the official collection of the world’s largest library.

“I will be getting everyone I know to watch this wonderful movie. It’s a reminder of our humanity and the great work that one person can do to change another person’s life. Just brilliant.”
– Abraham Verghese, author of ‘Cutting for Stone’

“The Academy Awards should look at this film very closely!”
-Mary Ann Quinn Ponce, Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Founder

Winner of 7 awards including:

Best Documentary/Best Cinematography/Best Editing at the Boston Film Festival

Doors open at 7pm

Tickets $11.50 General Admission, $9 Student and Senior