IN CONVERSATION WITH THE MAKER OF – HOPEPublished Posted on | By TZTA News
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Solomon Abebe is a resident of Toronto, Canada. He is also the director of a new documentary called – HOPE. The new documentary has been sumbitted for reveiw and potential competition with the prestigious Toronto Film Festival as well as the New York documentary film festival. Solomon A K A Mike shares with us his upbringings, reflects the wise words his grandfather once shared with him and tells us about – HOPE.
Solomon – Congratulations on your newly produced documentary. Tell me about yourself?
Thank you Samuel – once again – my name is Solomon Abebe however my friends call me Mike. I was born in Addis Ababa. My father moved from Ethiopia to Toronto in 1998 when I was 17 years old. I moved to Canada at that young age and I was excited to come here because I have always wanted to be exposed to the outside world and Canada became that destination for me.
Growing up, I was always very eager to learn new things and I learned them fast! My parents used to call me Felasfa, which means’ philosopher’, because of my hunger for knowledge. When I was a young boy, I always dreamed that I would be an artist, or at least someone known for something big.
My grandfather used to tell me… “If you worked hard and put your mind into it, you could do anything”. I literally believed all the words. Then and there –
I decided to pursue what gave me a great foundation to achieve what I wanted to be successful at – which for me became film making.
Soon after, I decided to go to film school in Vancouver in 2008 to study film production. While in school, I worked as an editor for Vancouver’s largest editing studio, and in my spare time I started working on documentaries. Now that I am back in Toronto, I am currently evolving my skills by participating in a film program provided by UforChange.
Tell me about your new documentary. You must be excited.
I am very excited. I wrote and directed it and its called – HOPE. This documentary is based on the Canadian immigrants experience and comparing it to those that were born in Canada. The main reason I wanted to do this documentary is because I am passionate about topics relating to hope, faith, religion, and cultural.
I have always been interested in making films, writing poetry, or doing some kind of story telling about hope. I was inspired by the experiences that I have been through as an immigrant, and this Idea compelled me to make this documentary. I feel that my vision will bring awareness to the city of Toronto. Although documentaries were not my first choice – I enjoy film-making more – this happened by chance and I am very grateful for that. I have submitted it to the Toronto Film Festival and the New York documentary film festival.
I encourage everyone to watch and support my film.