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Adera is the heart wrenching story of an Ethiopian refugee's struggle to survive in the city of Johannesburg. Life in South Africa is dangerous and earning money is difficult. She quickly discovers that Johannesburg is not the promised city of gold.
Marlam struggles to provide for her two children back home and through a series of twisted circumstances ends up as a surrogate mother for a wealthy Ethiopian couple, Tiru and Fre. Their fate is tied to that of Biru's, the shady middle man who is only interested in the money.
As this unique African story unfolds, the true cost of dreams is revealed and each life is changed forever. Adera is a story of, love, hope, deception and the human will to survive.

Adera raises questions about old traditions and how they affect the lives of modern Ethiopians. One of the critical issues Adera confronts is adoption in Ethiopia. The culture in Ethiopia, as in most of Africa, is not to adopt children. With so many orphans left behind and the numbers always growing, it is high time to take fresh look at these conventions.

Televised Broadcasts:
DSTV - Africa Channel

Alemayehu Kifle, Rahel Ashenafi, Tigist Kidane, Zelalem Mekonnen

Winner of the Best Film on matters relating to the Black Experience/Marginalised People at the 25th Black International Cinema Film Festival in Berlin
Winner of Best Cinematography 2010 at Zuma Film Festival in Nigeria

Film Festivals:
London African Film Festival (November 2009), Ethiopian International Film festival in Addis Ababa (November 2009), African Diaspora Film Festival in New York (December 2009), AFI New African Film Festival in Washington DC (March 2010), Cape Winelands Film festival in Cape Town (March 2010), Woman of Colour in Arts and Film Festival in Atlanta (March 2010), Sheba Film Festival in New York (May 2010), Zuma Film Festival in Nigeria (May 2010)

Title #283827
Format: DVD-R