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Project dldl/ድልድል docudrama Tidar (Marriage) nominated for Learning on Screen Awards

Project dldl/ድልድል is delighted to share that the multilingual docudrama Tidar (Marriage) produced by the project team has been nominated for the Learning on Screen Awards in the Educational Film (in-house) category.

Based on real people’s stories and testimonies collected through long-term ethnographic research and direct engagement with faith communities in Ethiopia, docudrama Tidar (Marriage) tells the story of Genet, who is experiencing domestic violence, and presents her search for a moral and practical solution to her situation within the village community. It shows how the community responds to Genet’s predicament and how personal faith, religious mediation and theological teaching influence how she thinks through her situation. The aim of the film is to raise awareness about the complex role that religion can have in situations of domestic violence in the Ethiopian Orthodox community, influencing both victim and perpetrator rationalisations and behaviour. The film is re-enacted by Amharic-speaking actors in Ethiopia, with subtitles being produced in Tigrigna, Afaan Oromoo and English.

The film was written and led by Dr Romina Istratii, produced by Hermon Hailay and Max Conil of Exile Pictures and directed by Yidnekachew Shumete of Kurat Pictures. The production was funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the Future Leaders Fellowship grant ‘Bridging religious studies, gender & development and public health to address domestic violence” (Grant Ref: MR/T043350/1) and is part of project dldl/ድልድል, a research and innovation project dedicated to the development and strengthening of religio-culturally sensitive domestic violence alleviation systems in East Africa and the UK.

The Awards Ceremony will be at the iconic Curzon Soho, London on the evening of Thursday 2nd May and it is available to the public should anyone be in London and be interested to attend. Tickets are available at early bird rates until April 10th on Eventbrite.

The multilingual trailers of the film have been published on the project’s Vimeo account. The English international version is shown below: