Ethiopia (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)

Popularity▲ A-Z User Rating Number of Votes US Box Office Runtime Year Release Date Date of Your Rating Your Rating
Samsara (I) (2011)
8.5
65 metascore

Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 33,947 | Gross: $2.67M

Running Against the Wind (II) (2019)

116 min | Drama

In Ethiopia, two men are running to achieve their dreams.

Director: Jan Philipp Weyl | Stars: Ashenafi Nigusu, Mikias Wolde, Joseph Reta Belay, Ferhane Beker

Votes: 130

Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway (2019)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

CIA Agents Palmer and Gagano are tasked with the mission of destroying a computer virus called "Soviet Union". They enter the system using VR but the mission turns into a trap.

Director: Miguel Llansó | Stars: Daniel Tadesse, Agustín Mateo, Guillermo Llansó, Solomon Tashe

Votes: 628

Crumbs (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 68 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

Our figurine sized supermen hero embarks on an epic surreal journey that will take him across the Ethiopian post apocalyptic landscape in search of a way to get on the hovering spacecraft that for years has become a landmark in the skies.

Director: Miguel Llansó | Stars: Daniel Tadesse, Quino Piñero, Selam Tesfayie, Mengistu Berhanu

Votes: 583

Faya Dayi (2021)
7.1
81 metascore

Faya Dayi (2021)

120 min | Documentary

A spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar, immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf Sufi Muslims chewed for centuries for religious meditations - and Ethiopia's most lucrative cash crop today.

Director: Jessica Beshir

Votes: 20

Sankofa (1993)

125 min | Drama

A self-absorbed Black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Africa is spiritually transported back to a plantation in the West Indies where she experiences first-hand the physical and ... See full summary »

Director: Haile Gerima | Stars: Kofi Ghanaba, Oyafunmike Ogunlano, Alexandra Duah, Nick Medley

Votes: 538 | Gross: $2.69M

Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013)

120 min | Documentary

Seventy short films about cinema and its future.

Directors: Hala Abdallah, John Akomfrah, Catherine Breillat, Júlio Bressane, Rama Burshtein, Antonio Capuano, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Isabel Coixet, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Claire Denis, Lav Diaz, Amit Dutta, Atom Egoyan, Aleksey Fedorchenko, Frédéric Fonteyne, James Franco, Lluís Galter, Haile Gerima, Aleksey German Jr., Amos Gitai, Sang-soo Hong, Benoît Jacquot, Zhangke Jia, Semih Kaplanoglu, Kim Ki-duk, Abbas Kiarostami, Yorgos Lanthimos, Pablo Larraín, Tobias Lindholm, Guido Lombardi, Jazmín López, Samuel Maoz, Pietro Marcello, Brillante Mendoza, Celina Murga, Amir Naderi, Shirin Neshat, Nicolás Pereda, Franco Piavoli, Giuseppe Piccioni, Edgar Reitz, João Pedro Rodrigues, Walter Salles, Paul Schrader, Ulrich Seidl, Luca Severi, Sion Sono, Jean-Marie Straub, Tusi Tamasese, Tariq Teguia, Pablo Trapero, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Teresa Villaverde, Bing Wang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Andrew Wonder, Yonfan, Krzysztof Zanussi, Karim Aïnouz, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jan Cvitkovic, Davide Ferrario, Monte Hellman, Marlen Khutsiev, Milcho Manchevski, Franco Maresco, Salvatore Mereu, Ermanno Olmi, Michele Placido, Todd Solondz, Shekhar Kapur, Heeraz Marfatia | Stars: Jessica Alexander, Bernardo Bertolucci, Lola Créton, Haile Gerima

Votes: 295

Difret (2014)
6.9
61 metascore

Difret (2014)

Unrated | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A young lawyer travels to an Ethiopian village to represent Hirut, a 14-year-old girl who shot her would-be husband as he and others were practicing one of the nation's oldest traditions: abduction into marriage.

Director: Zeresenay Mehari | Stars: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Abel Abebe, Shitaye Abraha

Votes: 1,221 | Gross: $0.04M

Lamb (II) (2015)

94 min | Drama, Family

When an Ethiopian boy moves in with distant relatives he takes his pet sheep with him but the upcoming holidays spell danger for his beloved friend.

Director: Yared Zeleke | Stars: Rediat Amare, Kidist Siyum, Welela Assefa, Rahel Teshome

Votes: 694

Omo Child: The River and the Bush (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

For many generations people in the Omo Valley (tribal southwest Ethiopia) believed some children are cursed and that these 'cursed' children bring disease, drought and death to the tribe. ... See full summary »

Director: John Rowe

Votes: 120

Poverty, Inc. (2014)

94 min | Documentary, History, News

From Toms Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.

Director: Michael Matheson Miller | Star: Robert Sirico

Votes: 624

Fortuna (2018)

106 min | Drama, Romance

Fortuna, a 14-year-old Ethiopian girl, has had no news of her parents since arriving in Lampedusa, Italy. Together with other refugees, she is given shelter for the winter in a Swiss ... See full summary »

Director: Germinal Roaux | Stars: Kidist Siyum, Bruno Ganz, Patrick d'Assumçao, Yoann Blanc

Votes: 270

The Passengers (I) (2019)

72 min | Documentary

Two young men represent their final abandoned community of Ethiopian Jews on a fateful trip to America as representatives in an advocacy campaign, with the ultimate goal to enter Israel as citizens.

Director: Ryan S. Porush

Votes: 13

The Other Side (III) (2020)

17 min | Short, Drama

Set against the Ethiopian abandoned children crisis, two orphan brothers are faced with the reality of never being adopted. Inspired by a true story.

Director: Josh Leong | Stars: Ethan Herisse, Wayna, Adonai Kelelom, Zelalem Ashiny

Teza (2008)
7.1
78 metascore

Teza (2008)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and ... See full summary »

Director: Haile Gerima | Stars: Aaron Arefe, Abiye Tedla, Takelech Beyene, Teje Tesfahun

Votes: 534

Min Alesh? (2019)

84 min | Drama

The story is set in Merkato, a sprawling market in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, considered to be Africa's largest open-air market, narrating the story of a girl, Selam, whose kindness and ... See full summary »

Director: Amleset Muchie | Stars: Alebachew Mekonnen, Amleset Muchie, Dirbwork Seyifu, Henok Wondimu

Votes: 7

La Bohème (II) (2009)

4 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Part of a series of opera shorts by different directors. Herzog combines O Soave Fanciulla ("Oh you vision of beauty" from Puccini's La Boheme) with images of harsh life in Africa.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Peter Auty, Mary Plazas

Votes: 202

Der weiße Äthiopier (2015 TV Movie)

111 min | Drama

In Ethiopia, Frank Michalka (Jürgen Vogel) has found a new home and left his criminal past behind. But happiness does not last long and the former offender must go back to Germany. Once ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Trageser | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Paula Kalenberg, Sayat Demissie, Selam Tadese

Votes: 103

Harvest: 3,000 Years (1975)

150 min | Drama

In Ethiopia; there is a slow boiling of a feud between a wealthy Lord and a protester who feels he is mistreating his laborers. While the viewer gets to closely examine the culture, conversations, and lives of the locals who surround them.

Director: Haile Gerima | Stars: Kasu Asfaw, Gebru Kasa, Worke Kasa, Melaku Makonen

Votes: 161

Fig Tree (I) (2018)

93 min | Drama

16 year old Jewish Mina, is trying to navigate between a surreal routine dictated by the civil war in Ethiopia and her last days of youth with her Christian boyfriend Eli. When she ... See full summary »

Director: Aalam-Warqe Davidian | Stars: Mitiku Haylu, Rodas Gizaw, Yohannes Musa, Betalehem Asmamawe

Votes: 123

Enchained (2019)

98 min | Drama, History, Romance

Ethiopia, 1916: Gobeze is a timid, peace-loving, young man of 25; a brilliant student who dedicates his whole life to "Sem Ina Werq" (riddles with dual meaning). He is caught in bed with ... See full summary »

Director: Moges Tafesse | Stars: Zerihun Mulatu, Yemesrach Girma, Tesfaye Yimam, Firehiwot Kelkilew

Circus Movements (2019)

15 min | Short

The young girls Liya and Beza, doing the hula hoop; Habtamnesh, doing the aerial hoop; and the boy Beniyam, who is only 5 years old, performing acrobatics - these are some of the kids who ... See full summary »

Directors: Lukas Berger, Mário Gajo de Carvalho | Stars: Beza Abebe, Liya Awrares, Beniyam Bahailo, Habtamnesh Bahailo

Votes: 18

Janapar (2012)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Adventure, Romance

It was the start of a brand new life, but Tom Allen's dream journey takes an unlikely detour when he falls in love with an Iranian-Armenian girl.

Directors: James W. Newton, Tom Allen | Stars: Tom Allen, Andrew Welch

Votes: 184

The Athlete (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Biography, Drama

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero ... See full summary »

Directors: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew | Stars: Rasselas Lakew, Dag Malmberg, Ruta Gedmintas, Abba Waka Dessalegn

Votes: 226

Framing the Other (2012)

Documentary

Framing The Other is about a tourist whose comfortable ideas about taking photos of exotic tribal people in Ethiopia are shaken by her encounter with a Mursi woman.

Directors: Ilja Kok, Willem Timmers

Votes: 36

The Nuer (1971)

73 min | Documentary

Presents the most important relationships and events in the lives of the Nuer, Nilotic people in Sudan and on the Ethiopian border.

Directors: George Breidenbach, Hilary Harris

Votes: 8

Adwa (1999)

97 min | Documentary, Drama, War

In 1896, Ethiopia, an African nation, largely armed with spears and knives, defeats a well-equipped and organized Italian military bent on colonization.

Director: Haile Gerima

Votes: 51

Sacred (2016)
7.0
60 metascore

Sacred (2016)

87 min | Documentary

Møre than 40 filmmakers travelled the globe to witness religious celebrations and interview people from all sorts of background.

Director: Thomas Lennon

Votes: 56

The Bastard (I) (2018)

84 min | Documentary

Ethiopian Daniel Hoek has no doubt in his mind that if his Dutch father had not abandoned him he would never have turned to crime. His Dutch father, Joop Hoek, has no doubt in his mind that... See full summary »

Director: Floris-Jan van Luyn

Votes: 87

If Only I Were That Warrior (2015)

72 min | Documentary, History

If Only I Were That Warrior is a feature documentary film focusing on the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935. Following the recent construction of a monument dedicated to Fascist ... See full summary »

Director: Valerio Ciriaci

Votes: 17

35 Cows and a Kalashnikov (2014)

83 min | Documentary

35 COWS AND A KALASHNIKOV is a film about African pride. Directed by Oswald von Richthofen and produced by Roland Emmerich, two old film school friends. It is not a classical documentary ... See full summary »

Directors: Oswald von Richthofen, Gernot Aschoff | Stars: Bar Jala, Kuwedo, Regole, Tanga

Votes: 61

Caffeinated (2015)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Adventure, News

Caffeinated tells the story of coffee through the perspectives of people who have dedicated their lives to it. At every step of the process, it's the hands that planted the seed, that roasted the beans, that crafted the drink that makes every cup of coffee a story worth telling.

Directors: Hanh Nguyen, Vishal Solanki | Stars: Jeremy Adams, Andrew Alcala, Sarah Allen, Graziano Boldrini

Votes: 130

Afrika (1973)

94 min | Drama, Thriller

Philippe, a bisexual painter, is living through a crisis. He is torn between his love for his wife and his attraction for young men. In Ethiopia, he meets Frank, a young homosexual.

Director: Alberto Cavallone | Stars: Ivano Staccioli, Andrea Traglia, Maria Pia Luzi, Kara Donati

Votes: 37

Nigatu: The Running Dream (2010)

38 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

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Director: Steve Döschner

Price of Love (2015)

99 min | Drama

A young Addis Ababa taxi driver gets caught up in the dark side of love, causing his taxi to be stolen. He finds himself stuck in a relationship with a prostitute, making him confront his past and discover what is the price of love.

Director: Hermon Hailay | Stars: Fereweni Gebregergs, Kassahun Getatchew, Dawit Gulilat, Eskindir Tameru

Votes: 35

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (2011)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, News

Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. Since the 1960s the... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Fauchere | Stars: Esraa Bani, Albert Bartlett, Lester Brown, Martha Campbell

Votes: 127

Anbessa (2019)

85 min | Documentary, Drama

The simple life in his mother's hut off the grid set against the huge TVs in the apartment blocks where the other children live. Asalif adapts to the changes to his familiar surroundings with growing autonomy. He becomes Anbessa, the lion.

Director: Mo Scarpelli | Stars: Asalif Tewold, Alem Sebisibe Ayitenfsu, Abinet, Aster Biruk Aderi

Votes: 134

Africa, Blood & Beauty (2012)

90 min | Documentary, History

This film speaks of archaic peoples, their customs and mores, in an attempt to make the last snapshots of their traditional lifestyles before they are gone for good.

Director: Sergey Yastrzhembsky | Star: Lambert Wilson

Votes: 15

Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul (2017)

70 min | Documentary, Animation, Music

The story of forgotten Ethiopian musicians who became a considerable inspiration for free jazz and pop music nowadays.

Director: Maciej Bochniak | Stars: Mahmoud Ahmed, Girma Beyene, Elvis Costello, Alemayehu Eschete

Votes: 56

Los dioses de agua (2014)

110 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

Inspired by the investigation of the French ethnologist Marcel Griaule, Hermes, an Argentinean anthropologist, is preparing his first stage play. Fascinated by ancient knowledge from Dogon ... See full summary »

Director: Pablo César | Stars: Charo Bogarin, Jovania Da Costa, Onésimo De Carvalho, Horacio José Kilulo

Votes: 14

Lambadina (2015)

103 min | Drama

Lambadina is a full feature film focusing on a journey of little boy whose story starts in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and ends in Los Angeles, CA.

Director: Messay Getahun

Votes: 10

Menged (2006)

20 min | Short

A lot can happen on the long way to the market in the Ethiopian countryside. A father and his son follow all the people's good advice... and come back to their senses.

Director: Daniel Taye Workou | Stars: Alemu Gebre Arb, Bewketu Belete, Shewaferaw Dessalegn, Tesfaye Gesesse

Votes: 29

Right Footed (2015)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

Jessica Cox was born without arms as a result of a birth defect, but managed to overcome many physical and emotional challenges to become fully independent. She learned to type with her ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Spark | Stars: Patrick Chamberlain, Jessica Cox

Votes: 26

Hairat (2017)

6 min | Documentary, Short

For over 35 years Yussuf Mume Saleh journeys at night to the outskirts of the walled city of Harar to bond with his beloved hyenas.

Director: Jessica Beshir | Stars: Yussuf Mume Saleh, Elias Shagiz Adonay Tesfaye

Votes: 75

Rift Finfinnee (2020)

80 min | Documentary

The film Rift Finfinnee takes the viewer on a journey through the periphery of Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa - an allegorical narrative about the becoming urban of an African society on the edge of civil war.

Director: Daniel Kötter

Abay vs. Vegas (2010)

Romance

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Director: Theodros Teshome | Stars: Gabrielle Abitol, Mestawot Aragaw, Wolela Assefa, Tesfu Birhanie

Town of Runners (2012)

PG | 80 min | Documentary, Sport

Town of Runners is a feature documentary about young runners from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, home to the current Olympic and World Champions Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenenisa Bekele. ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Rothwell

Votes: 130

Triangle (I) (2012)

Drama

A film that will span three continents and deal with the issue of illegal immigration to America.

Director: Theodros Teshome | Stars: Kristos Andrews, Mahder Assefa, Abebe Balcha, Isabella Rain Barbieri

Votes: 11

Chasing Shadows (I) (2017)

60 min | Documentary

Once you experience a total solar eclipse, it changes you.

Director: Nelson Quan | Stars: Eric Brown, Terry Cuttle, Fred Espenak, Shadia Habbal

Votes: 6

New Voices in an Old Flower (2017)

TV-PG | 69 min | Documentary

"It was an era, it was the start of a new vision" says Amha Eshete, the first Ethiopian music producer back in the Golden Age, the days of Swingin' Addis. The album releases that have ... See full summary »

Director: Quino Piñero

Votes: 11

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