By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act December 30, 2011 at 7:50PM
I stumbled upon this trailer earlier today for a feature film titled An Ethiopian Love, written and directed by Yonie Solomon, who also stars in it, alongside Helen Gedlu, Augisha Tesfasilase, Sara Gebremedhin, Jonathan Woldaub and Syed Bukhari.
The film centers on the ups and downs of 20-something year old Ethiopians (born and raised in the USA) as they struggle with the complexities of dual identities (Ethiopian vs American), and love.
It's billed as a romantic comedy.
The trailer on Vimeo has been played over 75,000 times since it was uploaded, however I wasn't able to find much on where it currently stands. It doesn't even have an IMDB page, though the filmmaker and star Yonie Solomon does. However it doesn't list the film on his page.
But from the little I gather based on my research, Yonie seems to be traveling with the film, possibly screening it independently; or, at least, traveling to market or generate interest in it for an eventual release. At the end of the trailer, there's an announcement of an upcoming world tour, and on the film's website, you can sign up for updates. But the film's Facebook and Twitter pages don't say much about a release.
I requested more info, but I haven't heard anything yet. But I figured I'd go ahead and write something up about the film anyway, including the trailer, and if/when I get further info, I'll update this post.
So here's the music-filled, MTV-style trailer for An Ethiopian Love, which, as I said before, has been played over 75,000 times (it doesn't immediately suck me in, but I can see how it would appeal to the 20-something and under MTV crowd):