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Jamming Addis

  • Swinging Addis - The New Africa (Working title)
Documentary | 2014 | Music, Travel | Germany

Main data

Shooting data

Number of shooting days28
LocationsAddis Ababa, Ethiopia

Project data

Budget116.000 €
Film financing
Length of movie82
Picture formatWidescreen Europe (1 : 1,66)
Picture material negativeHD Stream 4:2:2
Picture material positiveHD Stream 4:2:2
Sound formatDolby surround (4 channels)

Brief synopsis

The era of "Swinging Addis" was the first peak of Ethiopian music in the 1960s. It was brutally killed by a Marxist military regime. When the terror ended in 1987, only few of the musicians who had fled Ethiopia managed to return. It took until the 21st century for a new generation to fill the void. This is there story.

JAMMING ADDIS accompanies them through the long days and electrifying nights of Addis Ababa. Here, joyfully yet aware of their traditions and heritage, these young Ethiopians are about to transform their country from inside. JAMMING ADDIS is a cinematic jam-session that takes the audience on a surprising journey into contemporary Ethiopia.


Director of photographyHenrik Sauer
Director of photographyOlivia Furtwängler
DirectorDirk van den Berg
ProducerHerbert Gehr
ProducerDirk van den Berg
Art directorOlivia Furtwängler
Line producerPiet Lessnick
Unit production managerTeowodros Yifru

Production companies

OutreMer Film GmbH