On September 27, students at the Alexandria Campus screened their collaborative short film “Final Exam” for students, faculty and staff. Several students studying film at the Alexandria Campus collaborated with college students in Ethiopia to create the film.
Assistant Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher (AL) taught film studies to more than 120 Rift Valley University students in her home country of Ethiopia during her Fulbright Scholar experience in 2015. With the use of technology and a lot of effort from Gebre-Egziabher and students, they were able to write a script, develop their main characters and film a storyline separately before coming together for editing and creating the final cut.
“Final Exam” is about two college students from working class families. One student lives in Virginia and the other lives in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. The film follows both students as they study for final exams while also dealing with day-to-day challenges and responsibilities in their respective worlds.
Gebre-Egziabher and her students also showed the film during the NOVA Student Film Festival in April 2016 along with other independent student films. Gebre-Egziabher has described the entire experience as amazing and a blessing. She witnessed students who did not have as many resources as her classes in the U.S. show determination and make an effort in learning an art in which they can tell their own stories.
The recent screening at the Alexandria Campus was sponsored by the Students Counseling Office. For more about Gebre-Egziabher’s Fulbright Scholar experience and the annual NOVA Student Film Festival, see her NOVA faculty blog. To view the collaborative film “Final Exam,” go online.