U.S. Embassy Awards “I Stand for Peace” Video Competition Winners

ADDIS ABEBA – United States embassy in Addis Abeba announced on Monday the winners of its fourth annual video competition under the theme “I Stand for Peace”.
In an event held at Hager Fiker Theatre, Ambassador Michael Raynor was joined by Kefyalew Tefera, State Minister of Peace, to congratulate the winners.
At the event, the Ambassador said the theme was chosen in response to recent events in Ethiopia.
“In any country, there will always be a minority – sometimes a very vocal minority – that calls for division, exclusion, and hatred,” the ambassador said.
“But I believe most Ethiopians, like most Americans, want something better than this, namely fairness, opportunity, tolerance, inclusion, and – yes – peace,” he continued.
“Wanting those things, of course, is not enough to achieve them. We have to stand for these ideals, defend them, and prioritize them in our lives, our communities, and our nations,” the ambassador said, adding: “That’s where the idea for this year’s video competition comes from.”
The video competition challenged Ethiopian filmmakers to explore what peace means to them, why peace is important, and how peace can be achieved  in short films less than three minutes long.
The Embassy received over 127 submissions, which were reviewed through a rigorous process, including input from two American documentary filmmakers, Christie Herring and Shana Hagan.
The two evaluated 20 semi-finalist videos.
The three winning filmmakers all received iMac computers to support their ability to create and edit impactful films in the future.
Betegil Abera won first place for his “Mekenet” in this year’s competition.
Fantahun Belachew’s “For Tomorrow” took runners-up place while “The Carpenter” video by Kalkidan Araya ranked third.
In closing, Ambassador Raynor expressed his hope that the videos would inspire Ethiopians to do their part in promoting peace.

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