MOVIES: Free Documentaries Online - Ethiopia
Seeds of hope Seeds Of Hope - A Journey With Hugh Jackman

The documentary follows Hugh's journey to Ethiopia to learn more about projects funded by World Vision. In Ethiopia, Hugh met with coffee farmers who despite producing some of the most sought after coffee in the world, were living in desperate poverty. Through the Coffee Farmers' Cooperatives Revitalisation Support Project, farmers showing the most promising signs of success are being given further training in organic coffee production techniques. These farmers then share what they've learned with their fellow co‐op members.

44 Pounds

44 Pounds is a feature-length video (~1hr, 20min) that documents some of a women's morning work in Ethiopia. The video opens with Birhane cleaning the courtyard of her home which includes repurposing livestock manure for cooking fuel. After that, and just as the sun is rising, she leaves to collect water at a hand-dug well. Her village is 1.7miles (~2.7k) from the open well featured in the video and the journey took approximately 30 minutes. Water collection at the water point took another 30 or so minutes as the women do this daily task together as a group. The return trip took closer to 35 minutes given the added weight of a loaded gerry can of water — which weighs 44 pounds.It should also be noted, her village does this water collection twice a day. The water they collect is used for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and livestock health.

Not yet Rain

Nearly 67,000 women — almost entirely poor women from developing countries — die every year from unsafe abortion, devastating the children, families and communities for whom they are caretakers. Millions more are injured. These women — daughters, sisters, wives and mothers — are the core of their families and communities. Young children whose mothers die are far more likely to die themselves than children with living parents. But there is hope. Unsafe abortion is the most preventable cause of pregnancy-related deaths. Access to family planning is a crucial element in the prevention of unsafe abortion, along with access to safe abortion services and well-trained providers. In Ethiopia, only 14 percent of women of childbearing age use modern contraceptives (compared to 55 percent worldwide); many are unable to prevent pregnancies because they lack access to basic health-care services.

Seeds of Hope. Meeting the challenges of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia
Concentric Media
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(Available in English or Amharic with English subtitles) This series presents images that are rarely seen and voices that are almost never heard. In each of these documentaries, we meet people who are being directly affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Ethiopia. We see how education, support, community efforts, and advocacy are transforming lives.

Project Earth: Ethiopia - Tribes Of Ethiopia (29 minutes)

For five years Dr. Hans Joechler and his crews have travelled the world and visited the most beautiful places with their cameras. Always on the lookout for interesting stories and great shots, they focused on nature, but also kept an eye out for cultural events as well as geological history.

A Thousand Suns (27 minutes)

A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.

The Beggars in Addis Ababa (44 minutes)

A short documentary about extreme poverty in Ethiopia, where drought and climate change make people struggle for survival The life is tough for the two women Belay and Zemu, who live in the small village Kajima in Northern Ethiopia.

Malaria - Killer number one (20 minutes)

Malaria claims three million lives every year worldwide, most of them in the countries south of the Sahara. In Ethiopia, malaria can wipe out the lives of hundreds of thousands of villagers in a single epidemic.

Directed by Jon Garaño

A day on Fiche, central Ethiopia. A teenager, ALAMITOU gets up early to go to school, but before she's forced to do household chores. A documentary by the Huarralde Fundation.

Entre Dos Tierras (Between two lands)
Directed by Rodrigo Zárate Moedano

(Available in Swedish with Spanish subtitles) Marie y Lena are twin sisters, they are 28 years old and for the first time after being given up for adoption when they were babies to a Swedish family, return to their country of origin, Ethiopia. Although raised in Sweden, they never lost contact with his biological family. Marie and Lena have built their own image of Ethiopia but doubt has always existed, how is the real Ethiopia? This is a documentary made in 2005 in Sweden. It was selected as a finalist for Docúpolis Award for Best Documentary, at the International Documentary Festival in Barcelona Docúpolis 2005 edition.

Fighting Against Child Marriages in Ethiopia
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In the poor villages in Ethiopia, forced marriage of children is common, although the legal age for marriage is 15. Marriage helps cement ties between families and establish land rights. (Be sure to watch part 1 and 2)