Model / Activist / Filmmaker

Gelila is a model, humanitarian, social activist, and filmmaker. Born in Ethiopia, she spends most of her time shuttling between Europe and the United States. She is presently pursuing her passion as a documentary filmmaker.

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Documentary

MAi: LIFE IS HONEY

MAi -Life is not honey is a (22 min) short documentary, following a day in a life of young girls in rural village of Ethiopia. The role climate change plays in  gender inquality, and the impact of educating girls. Led by an all-female crew.

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Documentary

MODEL ACTIVISTS

In the six-minute clip, we meet ten models who, in addition to posing for some of today's top photographers and fashion houses, aren't above making time to stand up for what's right. 

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Documentary Feature directed by Mo Scarpelli

ANBESSA

Asalif and his mother defy Ethiopia’s omnipresent modern housing development culture, by continuing to live a life characterised by proximity to nature and rootedness in community. The boy counters the ruptures in his accustomed surroundings and the threat posed by the hyena that haunts his neighbourhood by reinventing himself as a hero: as Anbessa, the lion.

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Book

GUZO

Journey through Ethiopia with Gelila's most recent work, Guzo. A book of photographs, it seeks to bring awareness to the beauty of the Ethiopian tribes and their way of living.

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MELKAM GUZO (HAVE A GOOD JOURNEY)