Source, APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Ethiopian filmmaker, Yared Shumete has been named as the grand finalist for Africa in the Global Democracy Video Challenge competition, APA learns here on Wednesday.
The global competition is sponsored by the United States State Department, YouTube and many other partners.
The US embassy in Ethiopia said that, thousands of YouTube viewers from all over the world watched and voted for Yared’s original video “Democracy is Fairplay” during the online voting period from May 15 to June 15, 2010.
Accordingly, the Ethiopian film maker will receive an all-expensive-paid trip in September to Washington DC, Hollywood and New York City, along with five other grand finalists from around the world.
“The US ambassador to Ethiopia, Donald Booth, congratulated Yared for his victory and commented that the win reflected the creativity, talent and diversity of the burgeoning Ethiopian film community,” said the embassy.
“The ambassador said through evocative images of a popular Ethiopian children’s game, Yared’s film has resonated with global audiences on the importance of fairplay, good sportsmanship and respect for one’s opponent in democracy”.