Ethiopia, Natural Utopia

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A travel & documentary short video on Ethiopian Lands, People, Culture and Nature — 4 min to immerse yourself in the authentic Spirit of Ethiopia.
Shot In Lalibela, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Harar and in between.


Ethiopia, the ‘Roof of Africa’, the ’Cradle of Humanity’, the ‘Promised Land of Zion’…
It had been given many Titles.

Another one I also heard before going there for the first time, was ‘Ethiopia, the Africa for Beginners’. ??
Was it for the genuine friendliness and generosity of the People, usually rather naturally relax? Was it for the common religious identity we share, rooted in mutual values? Was for its general safety for travellers?
For whatever reason it was, I did find the expression suiting me right down to the ground as, apart from Morocco, I had not yet stepped foot in deep Africa.

And actually, now that I am back, I could personally add another title: ‘Ethiopia, the Natural Utopia’.
Is that for its breath-taking Nature? For its colourful Spiritual Identity? For its beautiful People? Or is that for all of these?

For this abundant land offering an incredible diversity of ecosystems and landscapes, going from arid desert regions to Afroalpine up-lands breaking down into vertiginous abyss. A land combining peaks reaching above 4000m and depressions as low as 125m below sea level. Mountains, forests, lakes, meadows, deserts and swamplands. A diversity which is also found in the fauna, with some interesting endemic species like the Gelada, the red-hearted baboon -a peaceful grass-heater with impressive canines.
Or either, for this fascinating primal religious form of Christianity, tinged with animist rituals and colourful arts. A religious belief deeply infused into the People living according to essential spiritual principles and values. People trying their best to give you their best. Everywhere I went, I left it with brothers and sisters. With a sense of home given by their authentic gentleness and respectful education just as their natural sensitivity, in deep connection with Nature Itself. I left with lots of good memories and friends. Filled with Humanity.
The same Humanity our ancestor ‘Lucy’ and her siblings might have been creating some 3.2 million years ago, on the same lands.
On this antic land rich of a unique history and culture.

Those are all the reasons why I called my Ethiopia, ‘the Natural Utopia’: a land that potentially possesses ideal (or perfect) qualities for People…


Filmed & Edited by Artyvelle with
Fuji XT3
Fuji 16-80 f4
Fuji 35 f2

Music: ‘Red Song’ by Jocelyn Pook + ‘Magic Forest’ by Itamar Doari.

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