Ethiopian Hustler

Born from Ethiopian parents and raised in US, Sosena Solomon completed two degrees related with film making and planned a documentary project called ‘Merkato’ as her thesis work. The documentary film covers the day to day life style of a specific part of Merkato, the largest open air market in Africa.

The part of Merkato Sosena focused for the documentary is known locally as ‘Minalesh tera’ and it is a place where all the valuable things from household garbage are recycled, defective equipments are fixed and resold. The items on sale in Minalesh Tera range from house hold knives to refrigerators, a mouthful of injera (‘Gursha’ in Amharic) to plastic boots and iron sheets to welding machines.

In her quest to capture the essence of the area, Sosena highlighted a few people so that they tell their own story and the hustler Gedion is one of them. Check out a sneak peek into Gedion’s profile.


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