What is a Zemene? Zemene is a firecracker spirited young girl who miraculously meets Rick Hodes in Gondar and he ultimately saves her life. That’s the story in a nutshell, but the story is much more emotionally uplifting than a short synopsis.
Zemene Film (http://zemenefilm.com) is currently being shown in multiple film festivals throughout the US and Canada. Atlanta was fortunate to have both filmmaker and director, Melissa Donovan, and the film’s hero, Dr. Rick Hodes, attend the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival for after movie question and answer periods. We were also fortunate to have Tesh Yana, one of our Ethiopian students studying at SCAD Atlanta and also intern film maker during the filming of Zemene. Although this story sends a universal message, it also is story of a young girl, a doctor, and many other young people who became her support system. Many of the young people featured in the film live and study with Making the Grade. Shelly Dollar, CEO and President of MTG was given the honor of introducing the film to its Atlanta audience and mentoring the q and a session after the February 16th showing.
Making the Grade was fortunate to have Dr. Rick for a meet and greet after the movie’s final showing in Atlanta. In attendance were Judge Benni Lane (MTG’s newest board member), Allen Dollar (chief of cardiology for Grady), Russ Abney and family (partner at Ferrer, Poirot & ansbrough law firm), Tom Andrews (CEO of St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Atlanta), Foster Corbin (Former President of Metro Fair Housing), Cindy Bogdanoff and Stan Eisenberg and family (Eisenberg & Bogdanoff Cosmetic & Family Dentistry), Austin Collins (CTO Making the Grade), Paige Prier (artistic consultant MTG), Eve and Joel Goldstein and Semegnew Hodes (Rick’s son who lives in Atlanta) and a host of other amazing guests. Enat Ethiopian Café (http://www.enatethiopiacafe.com/) catered the food and provided an amazing array of Ethiopian tastes.