Spotlight of the week – Moges Tafesse

January 14, 2022

Moges Tafesse is a documentary filmmaker and TV producer from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Moges has a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Development, Addis Ababa University, MA in International Studies, Louisiana Baptist University; MSW in Social Work, Addis Ababa Universality. Moges has also attended extensive training on Directing and Scriptwriting by UNESCO-IICBA. Media Working Groups, Kentucky; Grand Rapids Community Media Center, Michigan; Ethiopian Film Initiative, Goethe- Institute. Also training on Film Financing by International Emerging Film Talents Association (IEFTA) in Monaco.

He founded and has been running Synergy Habesha Films and Communications with a groundbreaking motto “Empowering Community through Media” for the past 17 years. 

He has directed and produced an award-winning film named “Quragnaye” from 2019 – 2020. He also produces and directs a weekly TV show “Ene ‘Miteyekew (My Quest)”. He has completed a documentary film on interracial adoption entitled “A Season for Dancing”. Currently, he is working on a movie named “Born To Die” at Synergy Habesha Films and Communications.

Moges’s movie was nominated for The Cannes International Pan-African Film Festival, which puts directors and their projects in a competition held from October 19-24, 2021. During the Closing Ceremony of the Dikalo Awards 2021, the juries of the 18th edition awarded the best in each of the categories. Quragnaye (Enchained) was a multi-award winner, written and directed by Moges Tafesse and produced by Synergy Habesha Films and Communications. It won the official 2021 Dikalo Award Winner for Best Feature-Length Fiction.

We appreciate Moges for becoming a role model in the film industry. It is truly inspiring to see him take his time to produce a very high-quality movie that has been awarded internationally. We hope to inspire our folks to do their works in a high-quality manner that will eventually become recognized not only in our country but in the world.

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