The 11th Hour

Director: Zelalem Woldemariam
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 2006
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: Amharic and English


Ephrem – a professional photographer – meets Gemmet during an assignment and a love story unfolds between the two. It is not before long that a beautiful girl is born and everything seems bright, until an accident changes everything.

About the Director

Zelalem Woldemariam

zelalemBiography: Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Zelalem Woldemariam started his career as a Marketing Professional gathering over 10 years experience in different organizations. In 2006 he wrote, directed and produced a full-length feature film entitled The 11th Hour. In Ethiopia, the film stood out from other Ethiopian films for its high production value. The film also obtained critical acclaim for its compelling story from international audiences as well as film festivals it participated in.

In 2010, Zelalem directed and produced a 14-minute short film entitled Lezare (For Today) which is about the efforts of a community to take action that will have a lasting impact on global warming, but their actions are thwarted by an individual’s instinct for survival. Lezare won several outstanding awards and honors.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The 11th Hour (2007);
Lezare [For Today] (2012, 2013).

The 11th Hour (2006);
Lezare [For Today] (2009).