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Kickstarter Campaign and Trailer: Documentary About African Open Air Markets "Merkato"

by Vanessa Martinez
September 29, 2011 7:37 AM
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A documentary film project by Sosena Solomon, Merkato, has raised $5,240 of the $12,000 goal through their Kickstarter Campaign, which has 11 days left to go. The documentary was shot in the open air markets of the streets of Addis Ababa, Ehiopia.

Merkato "takes a personal journey through one of the largest & oldest open air markets in Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). From the perspective of five personal stories a reflection emerges of a fascinating place that is a true microcosm of the human condition. The culture and way of life for many of Merkato's merchants is under threat by modern development. MERKATO is the final portrait of the people who LIVE, WORK and DREAM within this rapidly transforming reality."

From the Kickstarter page:

This film is a beautiful and nuanced portrait of five unique individuals and their particular relationship with the market. The modern development in Ethiopia and its overall impact on the people and culture of this unique community is threatening the survival of MERKATO. I knew this moment had to be documented to share the unheard voices of the people affected the most. It has been a very exciting and personal journey filming MERKATO. I found a deeper insight in my own culture that was grounding and rewarding. I am so grateful for such a vibrant experience. I want to make this film & photo book because I have always loved this market; the smells, the people, the colors, the chaos! It just gives you an incredible feeling and I want to experience this with you.

Make sure to click to the campaign page HERE if you're interesting in contributing.

Take a look at the trailer below.


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