[Awramba Times Exclusive] – Why did police block the premiere of an Ethiopian film produced by Angelina Jolie?

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  1. me says:

    Woyane woyane yemilu sewotch
    Yigermugnal.Some people live in America and Europe, but think like
    Red indians.

    • Ermi says:

      Oops, where is the judge’s signature on the document? Looks woyane rushed this paper out. They are really 5th graders. LMAO.

      Peace to all but Woyanes!

      Ermi

      • hermi says:

        Ermi
        You are just ignorant. There is initial and a stamp on every page. The full signature can’t be copied or scanned for obvious reasons.
        Hermi

        • Ermi says:

          What is the obvious reason? To hide judge Birhanu Mengist’s identity? Lol

          Peace to all but woyanes!

          Ermi

          • Mekdes says:

            Shambelbasha Ermi, did you see the header, the judge name is there the file number is there. So what you talking about you must be blind if u don’t see the signature. Don’t be a**hole. Don’t prove your ignorance. Anyway, most of you diaspora in opposition are ignorants. Because, your leaders are Azmari Gonderes like Tamagn Kezene and Abebe Belaw.

          • Ermi says:

            Dear Mekdesye,

            You said “did you see the header, the judge name is there the file number is there. So what you talking about you must be blind if u don’t see the signature.”

            I guess what you are saying is that if the judge’s name and the file number is on the document, then one should automatically conclude that the invisible signature is there as well. Wow, what a logic. It must be from the dedebit fifth grade phylosophy class you got this logic.

            Another dedebit cadre by the name bb on another trade said “people who work fot[for] E SAT never work”. It is so funny how you all talk the same logic. Do you really understand your own logic?

            Let me clarify one thing here for you. Signature is what is put directly under the phrase “judge’s signature: Birhanu Mengist”. And right under that phrase there is nothing that resembles signature. This implies that the judge never signed the document. Woyane just typed the letter and rolled it out to the public consumption(mainly to its cadres as a weapon to defend its actions). And you poor cadres are happily swinging it as evidence that your dedbit bosses are indeed smarter than the “Azmari Gonderes like Tamagn Kezene and Abebe Belaw”.

            BTW, this hate you have for amharas, Gonderes, and the diaspora is consuming you alive. And your disrespect for Azmari (artist) tells how intellectually poor you are.

            Peace to all but Woyanes!

            Ermi

      • Bruk says:

        I guess you need magnifying eye glasses. The dignity re is there. Yechikul jib kend yineksal alu….

      • Alula says:

        Ermi

        I think you had tasted the sour stick of woyane! You hate woyane whatsoever, but , The Dogs are still barking, nevertheless , the Camel has kept on its way successfully accomplishing its aims & the dogs couldn’t even reach its legs, just barking & incessant hate!
        God bless Ethiopia!
        Peace to everybody!

    • Muniteye says:

      I completely agree on the comment made by Pro Obama and Pro Meles Website, EthiopianAmericanForum.com That is it!!

    • Millenium Dam says:

      Why ban? We do not really know about the facts of the case. This is intended to embarrass, frustrate and discourage the performers. The legal remedy is not intended to frustrate and embarrass people.

      Aberash’s case is a public knowledge and it’s not a private fact. It was a court case, it was in the media and etc NO SECRET. NO PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF PRIVATE FACTS IN THE MOVIE.

      If it is a money issue why do you send police at 5:30 pm. It’s a simple complaint. Please tell me the negative consequences if the show continued for the remaining 2 hours and people go home peacefully. These performers are not flight risks, they have bank account and have property in Ethiopia. Show me the irreparable damage to the plaintiff if the show continued and the court started hearing both sides of the story.

      Ben has already stood on the side of the Plaintiff and started saying …. our constitution our constitution…… without knowing the facts of the case on both sides.

      What we are saying is that it is unfair and contrary the principles of EQUITY to ban it after waiting all the people are assembled in the hall. SHAME! EVIL! This reminds me of the CHINESE CULTURAL REVOLUTION to embarrass and belittle ideas. On the other hand it undermines the country’s legal development in the annals of history.

    • Grapevine says:

      Good afternoon Dawit,

      Just read the following statement by Ethiopian-American Forum Website ( www ethiopianamericanforum.com Nice! it shares my opinion. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
      ‘A video shared by Awramba Times shows people smiling for photographs before the premiere at the National Theatre in the capital, Addis Ababa. Then the video cuts to a pre-recorded message from Angelina Jolie, who did not attend the event. “I hope you will continue to make films that will advance the art of film-making, share untold stories of Ethiopia, and shed light on our common humanity,” Jolie told the audience. Then the video cuts again to the director, Mehari, who, with his child in one hand and a microphone in the other, speaks in Amharic and then English to tell the audience that the government has canceled the event.’

      Awramba Times video from Diretube news

      “…… We have not been informed prior to this. The Ministry of Culture knows about this and the government knows about this. This is the first time we are hearing it……….”

      Zere-Senai Berhane Mehari

      “I wish they would honor the profession and stopped it
      before it was scheduled for showing or after it had been
      shown. I am really saddened.”

      Actress Meron Getenet

      Comments

      Is there a Court Order? If so, does the court have EXTRAORDINARY BASIS for considering the eleventh hour submission of Motion for Injunction? Can the court remedy the situation by awarding damages including expenses and fees if the plaintiff is successful in the merit of the case? Is there any irreparable damage to the plaintiff if the show continues and the court starts hearing the case?

      Courts should realize that this kind move is subject to abuse, only justified
      in extraordinary cases, and would generally NOT grant such an Order where
      damages are sufficient to make the plaintiff whole if successful in the Merit of the case.

      Why did they hand over the Injunction at 5:25 PM when the hall was filled
      with some 1,200 people? Why not before? Please keep in mind that Equitable remedies such as Injunction are not intended to EMBARASS, FRUSTRATE AND DISCOURAGE PEOPLE.

      “He who seeks equity must do equity”

      “He who comes into equity must come with clean hands.”

      ETHIOPIAN-AMERICAN FORUM

  2. w .yilma says:

    This kind of legal issue can happen anywhere. I watched the script of the reaction by some Ethiopian actors and from some audiences disappointed and blaming the government as if it violated the right of the film makers. Culturally we are quick to blame, and take side without knowing the facts of events. We are short in reasoning. In Ethiopia there is a problem regarding patent issues. we need to respect it. For some violating this is not an issue, because we the people are part of it!
    We have so many toxic characters that need to be resolved, and hence disposed. We will hear many stories regarding this issue in the coming days.
    Hope the issue will be solved without delay.

  3. tola kebede says:

    They are practising politics

  4. Grapevine says:

    The issue is why on the 11th hour, waiting to the last minute and enforce it. Who is the victim now? The spectators. Any life in danger? No. Why such a blatant Order without verifying who will be successful in the merit of the case? If plaintiff becomes successful, is compensation for the damages appropriate? Yes.
    ABOVE ALL, the news about this movie has been there for over a year. Why now at the last minute. I SMELL BAD FAITH. MALICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. robel says:

    Two things. (1) It was funny to see the director claiming he don’t know why the police(Government) wanted to ban the show, after receiving the warrant!! He was acting as if he don’t know the case. Its kind of blaming the government for anything that went wrong in their own kitchen
    (2) Why would the plaintiff and her lawyer wanted to bring the case during the show, Its kind of jelousy

    At the end of the day the country is hurt by the irresponsibility of both the plaintiff and the director or the film crew.
    VERY SAD! We need to fix the way we carry ourselves.

  6. Tsgie says:

    Friday, 15 March, 2002, 13:42 GMT
    “A new film starring Angelina Jolie which features the Ethiopian famine in 1984 has enraged the country’s government because they say it provides an “untrue” image of the nation.” BBC

    Please let’s not bow to what the white are doing & saying, Let us not wait until someone told us about our culture and history. This woman is involved in Ethiopian affairs which isn’t her business.

  7. Mekdes says:

    This is legal procedure unless the people disregard the law. It has nothing to do with the government. This might be judged in a court of law. Those hater diaspora ignorant haters want to make it politics. Now , the person who was sued and the defendant is Tigre, what you are gonna say now? This is individual right of a citizen. Either both parties will agree or disagree. After that it will be decided.

    Clearly, the lady sued the production company is the victim. The story is based on her life. Do they have agreement with the victim to produce the film on her history. That must be the solution first. And, the law has its remedy for that. There was one ignorant hater, questioned why it was brought at 11th hour? This hater is is trying to convey the message, the government has done illegal thing. The law can interfere any time from the start before the a start or in the middle. So that will come at 11:30 hour so don’t blame without having a clue.

    David thank you for bringing the cause of the ban. Always we count on for bringing us the reliable news unlike ESAT lie Factory. Thank you for living upto the standard of journalism. These haters always criticize u by you ethnic origin but don’t blame them you have to use their ignorance as an excuse. Thank u David.

    • Millenium Dam says:

      Mekdes,

      Why ban? We do not really know about the facts of the case. This is intended to embarrass, frustrate and discourage the performers. The legal remedy is not intended to frustrate and embarrass people.

      Aberash’S case is a public knowledge and it’s not a private fact. It was a court case, it was in the media and etc NO SECRET. NO PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF PRIVATE FACTS IN THE MOVIE.

      If it is a money issue why do you send police at 5:30 pm. It’s a simple complaint. Please tell me the negative consequences if the show continued for the remaining 2 hours and people go home peacefully. These performers are not flight risks, they have bank account and have property in Ethiopia. Show me the irreparable damage to the plaintiff if the show continued and the court started hearing both sides of the story.

      Ben has already stood on the side of the Plaintiff and started saying …. our constitution our constitution…… without knowing the facts of the case on both sides.

      What we are saying is thatit is unfair and contrary the principles of EQUITY to ban it after waiting all the people are assembled in the hall. SHAME! EVIL! This reminds me of the CHINESE CULTURAL REVOLUTION to embarrass and belittle ideas. On the other hand it undermines the country’s legal development in the annals of history.

      • Mekdes says:

        Millennium Dam, you asked me politely and in civil way, what reason I have when I write what I said. As I said I am not a judge to rule in this case. But, from the start what I understood was, the court will not intervene without anyone initiating the case. In this case, the initiating parties are Fikru and Aberash, so for whatever reason they can file lawsuit against the defendants. If their reason is satisfying the judge, who is presiding in this case, he can decide to put Temporary Restraining Order after looking and hearing the two sides. I don’t know if the plaintiff was given notice to show up litigate the case.

        Law is made to protect citizens so our feelings are not driving power to direct the court ruling. Opinion is for us not for the judge. Most of us are concerned about timing. Still it is up to the judge and the evidences he had at hand. The judge also told to the plaintiffs, on his decision, to put 50000 Bir incase if the case failed. This money is to cover the expenses of the defendants. So that means the law has stood for both parties. In the argument you wrote, you mentioned about the case being public record, yes you are 100% right. But this records are not for commercial purpose. Even the convicted criminals are protected under the law. First of all, she is exonerated from the crime she was tried for and she is the main character in the film. Her consent should be considered, without her will it can not be used as a commercial commodity for sale. You have to realize this is big money. So she must have stake in the film. This is between citizens, the government has nothing to do with it.

  8. Mekdes says:

    This is legal procedure unless the people disregard the law. It has nothing to do with the government. This might be judged in a court of law. Those diaspora ignorant haters want to make it politics. Now , the person who was sued and the defendant is Tigre, what you are gonna say now? This is individual right of a citizen. This even show how the justice system is fair despite the criticism raining from haters.Either both parties will agree or disagree. After that it will be decided.

    Clearly, the lady sued the production company is the victim based on the story of the film. The story is based on her life. Do they have agreement with the victim to produce the film based on her history. That must be answered to go to the solution. And, the law has its remedy for that.

    There was one ignorant hater, questioned why it was brought at 11th hour? This hater is is trying to convey the message, the government has acted illegally. The law can interfere any time from the start,before the a start or in the middle. So that will come at 11:30 hour, so don’t blame without having a clue.

    David thank you for bringing the cause of the ban. Always we count on for bringing us the reliable news unlike ESAT lie Factory. Thank you for living upto the standard of journalism. These haters always criticize u by you ethnic origin but don’t blame them you have to use their ignorance as an excuse. Thank u David.

  9. bruk says:

    here is what I believe:
    1) the story owner gave the story honestly and willingly
    2) the producers start working on developing the story
    3) the producer forgot to give compensation for the story owner or little comp.
    3) opportunistic people start to smell the story
    5) they came on to contact with the story owner and any compensation given to her
    6) the opportunistic find out the story owner get nothing or little
    7) opportunistic waited until the story completed and the film fully developed. if they push for more compensation at the beginning or before completion, the producer may decide to stop working on the story. but if the film completed, there is no way to drop it due to the money they spent except dealing with the opportunistic.
    8) the opportunistic find it critical to hung the producer at the opening ceremony and get a court order.
    9) the producer get the court order to await the opening ceremony, but ignore the request and move on.
    10) the opportunistic scramble to the police with court order to stop the movie opening ceremony and they succeed. did you hear the people cheered when the producer announce that he has to stop the ceremony.

    that’s what I believe. I don’t believe there is any political involvement as some people trying to score on open field.

    • Grapevine2015 says:

      Bruk, good analysis. Those of us who live in Addis can easily smell MALICE when we heard that the ORDER was served at 5:30 pm after the show started.

      After all it’s a monetary case. Why all these anarchy before FULL HEARING OF THE CASE? How much money and time spent to organize the SHOW. How do you repair it if the case goes in favor of the defendant?

      Mekedes has already made up her mind before a decision is made on the MERIT of the case? This reminds me of MEISON/DERG time.
      Is there irreparable damage if the show continues and the court continues the hearing by shaping the ruling for instance by keeping the INCOME OF THE MOVIE in a blocked account until the final decision is made?

      Is it possible to make another premiere day with the same crowd and mood? I DOUBT IT.

      THOSE WHO SEEK EQUITY MUST COME WITH CLEAN HANDS.

  10. Alula says:

    I think this is because it is corruption. As one stated it above,this is not about politics,or law, it is about money. Whoever who is handling this wanted money from the film. Because whatever happened is at the last minute was supposed to happen before the plan. The film must have been sensured long before ceremony. But now, as one stated above, the two thieves now are fighting for money. The producer is a thief because he did not get permission to use the lady’s story and this is a crime itself. The producer will have to spit now a huge compensation money for the real character of the story. Solution: pay compensation for the main character and give some bribe to the officials and then job done. This is all about corruption. By the way, who is Angelia Jolie? who is she to tell us what we know ? why do we need a movie on the things which we know well? Still, it is nothing but money or called business. Solution corruption by corruption.

  11. Gezaee H. says:

    FM TA renews and signed the 1929 and 1959 Egyptian colonial relic. FM Tedros Adhanom welcomed Egyptian counter part and Tedros said he work with Egypt to protect Egypt’s water right and need, not Ethiopian right and need. Aye Aye, erebakachu yehe sewye wede take him to his healthy ministry before we other follies.

    I am serious and I am not liking this guy because he is sis or a woman. He does not look a man who integrity. A person who says sister or brother to everyone can not be trusted. I am not interested about Angelina Jolie bla bla. Aite Dawit, why you abandoned the nile issue and you are focusing on kitchen news? what happened to you? did the woyane denied to voice your voice? This is very important issue Dawit. The bastard Arabs are doing all they can because they are still lobbying all over the world and now the foolish FM TA is making statements by saying he recognize Egypts water share? This idiot will say more unless he is stopped before it is too late. By saying he recongizes their right and water share ? he is recognizing the 1929 and 1959. I demand FM TA to be removed and send back to his health ministry. I see the man a foolish one. There is an adage fools grow follies. He does not sound a man with integrity at all. I am concerned Dawit about the statements he is giving to the Egptians and they are trying trap his tongue and he is doing that for them. He say too much sister, brother bla bla. I do not like this type of sis personality and can not be trusted. Please do not delete. If the regime can not stand for the Ethiopian people, it must stop the dam and stop abusing Ethiopians by collecting their hard gotten money. Yemote generation

  12. Mekdes says:

    Apevine2015, even though, you didn’t spell my name right, I thought it was directed to me. As you mentioned I didn’t come to the conclusion, because I am not a judge. My comment as an ordinary person has no merit in this case whatsoever. As a matter of fact, yours also has no merit. What I was trying to show here was, that these hater diaspora ignorant, they want to politicize and make some individuals to be their followers by mentioning Meron’s name. This girl, who is working hard to make her future better. So the case has nothing with the the government as some individuals try to paint it. You mentioned, about MeIson and Derg. I don’t if there was court at that time, but if you have experience I would like to share your aged experience. But the case is on hold, this is called TRO in legal court term. To do what you mentioned about also, will be decided by the court. I admire the handling of the case by the police, dispersing the crowd without humiliation. This is how civilized society will do.

  13. fox says:

    tplf is ruling ethiopia by the law of the jangle

  14. Carlos Danger says:

    Welcome to Addis the new litigation town.This is what you call it capitalism,where the trial lawyers,arbitration experts,and every legal expert finds case to make money.Get use to it.It has nothing to do with politics. It is also has nothing to do with freedom of expression.

  15. fikiru says:

    የሀገሪቱ ህግ ሁሉም የሀገሪቱ ዘጎች ማክበር ግደታቸው ነው፡፡ ይህ ለድርደር የምቀርብ ጉዳይ አይደለም፡፡ ይህን ካልኩኝ ዘንዳ መታገዱ ተገቢ ይመስለኛል፡፡ ምክንያቱም የፊልሙ አዘጋጆች ስግብግብ (በዘመንኛ ቋንቋ ኪራይሰብሳብ) ስለሆኑ፡፡ እንዴት ልትሉ ትችላላችው 1. ልጅቷ መብተ ይከበር ብላ ስትጠይቀው የታባሽ/ አላቅሽም በማለቱ እና ጓደኛው አብሮ ለመሥራት ከተነጋገረው ሰውን በመካዱ መታገዱ ተገቢ ነው፡፤ እግዱበዚህ ሰዓት መሆን ነበረበት; ለእኔ ትክክል አልነበረም ምክንያቱ ታዳሚዎቹ ጊዜያቸውን ሰውተው መጥተው ያለጥፋታቸው ያሰቡትን ባለማግኘታቸው ነው፡፤

  16. yhailu says:

    Some people are very very quick to blame the government of Ethiopia for what ever happen in the country wheather it is a disbute between an individual and a company of some sort unfairly expoloting an individal or a group or a disbute happening between two neighbours . just because the opening of a film is interrupted doesn’t mean the rule of law should be overlooked .for the eye of the law everyone is equal if their is a disbute it should be cleared before everything is happening .in this case the people should be blamed in my oppion is the people who jump and go ahead on showing the film before they make sure everyone who have any connection with the film are contacted and get their concent.it is a lesson for others who think they are smart than everybody do things as they like by informing the ministry of culture and using government administrated facility is not a licence for them to bypass the law of the land the ministry of culter is not to be blamed here because it is not its responsibility to check as their is a disbute regarding this film all the ministry of culture should do and did it right ckeck wheather the film is aproperit to be view by the people of Ethiopia before give a licence with the same token the national theatre also not in fault here by agreeing to show the film it is not its concern to check the film makers are in disbute with someone or not. For those of you who quick to blame the government for this and that it is a lesson for you that the Ethiopia constitution is working by protecting individuals right no matter who they are. let the court take it course and see the out came
    Whatever happen the law always stand with those who are on the right.all the best for all party involve

  17. abebe says:

    I have seen some very articulated analysis of this subject and confidences on the rule of law.
    Sure impressed and I hope the rule of law to work on every aspects of people & government structure.
    On the other hand I do not blame the people conclusions to end up to be on the government because Ethiopian government play the rule of laws by it self and puts its finger the judges, the police, the army, the church and mosques.

  18. hos says:

    If you guys want an answer read Ethiopia report,sept-06-2014 edition.

  19. Alula says:

    Gezaee

    The renaissance Dam is being built while Ethiopia is talking to Egypt! The reason Ethiopia’s foreign minister talking to Egypt is Ethiopia knows its water rights! Ethiopia believes the colonial agreement is nil & void! Therefore, stop irritating yourself!

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