Dr. Rick Hodes meets a young Zemene in Gondar
Zemene returns to her village
A young Zemene with her grandmother
Zemene sharing her story at the FOCOS gala event in NYC
Melissa Donovan, director and cinematographer on location in Gondar, Ethiopia
Ethiopian farmers working in the field
Zemene in Addis Ababa
Zemene in Gondar
Zemene is a heartwarming story of how extraordinarily people all over the world selflessly transform the lives of others, which, of course, is why we wanted our students to see it. Despite the seriousness of the medical issues the children face and the poverty from which most of them come, the film is a joyous celebration of life and the importance of giving back.
A new award-winning documentary tells the story of a 10-year-old Ethiopian girl living in a remote village with a curvature of the spine so severe that it is life threatening, but an American spine specialist happens to notice her as she walked by a coffee shop.