Sewenetwa, a movie featuring the plight of Ethiopian migrant workers in the Middle East, was launched on 25 January 2019 in Addis Ababa. The movie, which is based on true events, was launched in an official ceremony opened by H.E. Sahlework Zewdie, President of Ethiopia.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) in partnership with Ethiopian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) launched a movie titled Sewenetwa, which depicts true incidents in the lives of migrants during their plights to the Middle East. Sewenetwa is part of a series of initiatives undertaken to protect migrant workers and combat irregular migration in Ethiopia. This initiative, which is funded by United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, aims to contribute to the effort to bring about an attitudinal change as well as practice, to combat irregular migration, by highlighting labour migration as a choice for potential migrants. The movie gives a comparative story of labour migration, regular labour migration being the positive aspect as opposed to irregular migration that puts migrants in difficult situations.
Sewenetwa - Migration should be a choice not a necessity
Sewenetwa (ሰውነቷ = Her body)
"Sabisa Films Production, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA), produced by ILO and UKaid from the British people, Mekdes Melaku Film Production Presents - Sewenetwa."
The film was produced as part of the ILO project ETH/16/02/GBR - Improve labour migration governance in Ethiopia to combat irregular migration, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development.
The story was written by Eskedar Girmay, who is Ethiopia's honorary consul in Bahrain and has long been involved with the Migrant Workers Protection Society. She is also one of the stars in the film.
The film is directed by Sewmehon Yismaw and features some very well known Ethiopian actors.