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Screening of GRANDMA KNOWS BEST with Filmmaker-in-Residence Tamara Dawit

Aug 08, 2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Busboys and Poets - 14th & V

2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

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Docs In Progress is pleased to present our 2018 Filmmaker-in-Residence Tamara Dawit who will screen and discuss Grandma Knows Best, a short documentary which explores the 30-year connection between two grandmothers (one Canadian, one Ethiopian) across cultures, languages and continents.


Tamara exists between two communities: arts and social justice, which she works to merge together through artistic projects in film, theatre, and music. She also crosses cultures, as she is based out of Canada and Ethiopia. She has produced TV specials for MTV Canada, news clips and video shorts for 411 TV, as well as 10 touring theater presentations. Her documentaries produced through her production company Gobez Media have reached viewers in Canada, Europe, Africa, and South America. She has also contributed to steering committee for NYAN (National Youth Anti-Racism Network), the UN Association in Canada and the Canadian Commission For UNESCO Youth Advisory Group. She is a member of the Documentary Organization of Canada and Brown Girls Doc Mafia – through which she volunteers to engage more women of color in documentary filmmaking. She has participated in programs for emerging filmmakers at IDFA, Hot Docs and Cannes. 

She is in Washington DC serving as Docs In Progress' 2018 Filmmaker-in-Residence, a program made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts. While resident at Docs In Progress this summer, Tamara is developing her latest film Finding Sally which tells the story of a young woman from an upper class family whose romances and ideals entangled her in Ethiopia's revolutionary fever. She eventually went underground, never to be seen by her family again. Four decades after her disappearance, her niece pieces together Sally's mysterious life while questioning notions of family, identity, belonging, personal convictions, idealism, and political engagement.  

In 2014, director Tamara Dawit set out to make a short film about her two grandmothers (one in Canada and on in Ethiopia). They had been friends for over 35 years despite only have met in person a few times when she was a child.  Tamara set out to reunite her grandmothers and spend some quality time catching up with them. Instead her grandmothers used the opportunity to conspire to convince Tamara to get married and have kids. Tears, begging, black magic and prayers followed. Grandma Knows Best? is the resulting documentary short which explores the differences in the lives and societal expectations of women from her grandmothers generation to her own and how society views single women, working women, divorce and motherhood.

Docs In Progress is a nonprofit organization which gives individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world. Learn more.

Make sure to come to Busboys and Poets' 14th & V location in the U Street corridor. It is a five minute walk from the U Street Metro station. This event is open to the public and will take place in the Langston Room.

While the screening is free, you may purchase food and drink from the restaurant.

The Docs In Progress residency is made possible through the support of 

Busboys and Poets - 14th & V
2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States
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