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Title:Abyssinia Ethiopia: meeting point
Editor:Khalifa, Denis
City of publisher:Saint Mande
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Jewish culture
Ethiopian Church
religious festivals
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
Abstract:The meeting of Getnet, an Ethiopian Jew, and Salomon, an Orthodox Christian, takes us into the heart of Ethiopia's history and religious traditions. Salomon and Getnet meet in the bus as they travel from Addis Ababa to Gonder, 900 kilometers through Ethiopia's villages and countryside. Getnet introduces Salomon to the Falasha community, who are waiting for visas for Israel, and to the Beth Abraham, rural Jews living in solitude and practicing their religious rites according to ancient oral traditions. In return, Salomon takes Getnet into the whirlwind of the Timkat festival, the Ethiopian epiphany. The city is electrified by the rhythm of drums, mock battles, and ritual dances inspired by the Bible. It is the most spectacular event in the Horn of Africa. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]