Gelila Bekele is a model, social activist, and a documentary filmmaker.
Born in Ethiopia, she spends most her life shuttling between Europe and the United States.
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 inequality, and the impact of educating girls. Directed by Gelila Bekele and led by an all-female crew.
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.
Documentary Feature directed by Mo Scarpelli
Asalif and his mother defy Ethiopia’s omnipresent modern housing development culture, by continuing to live a life characterized 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.