The Amharic concept gobez.
"Smart, brilliant, clever, strong, brave. Every
Ethiopian desires more than anything else to be
considered gobez." In Ethiopia, someone who was gobez might beat
an opponent in battle, endure a long fast, show great skill and determination
at a difficult job.- One World Magazine
Wesley Lyn - Creative DirectorJon Santiago - Music Supervisor
Tamara Dawit - Producer/Director
Tamara exists between two communities: arts and social
justice, which she merges together through her projects. Tamara has extensive
experience working within the art and entertainment industries as well as
managing human rights, and youth engagement programs.
For ten years Tamara led the 411
For Change a non-profit arts organization, through which she produced touring
theater presentations, television documentaries and video shorts for educational
use. Tamara's documentaries have been broadcast on TV in Canada, Europe and
South America and screened in Toronto and Mexico City. Her multi art theater
productions have been presented to over 500,000 young people across Canada.
Additionally Tamara has also worked as a consultant in the non-profit
sector focused on website development, campaign management, project planning and
Kibre Dawit - Director
Tamara has contributed to steering committee for The National Youth Anti-Racism
Network, The UN Association in Canada and the Canadian Commission For UNESCO
and The International Aids Conference. She has been interviewed by CBC
Newsworld, CBC Radio, MuchMusic, MTV News, CTV, MacLeans, Canwest, Reuters
among other outlets.
Tamara is of Ethiopian, Eritrean, Ukrainian and British ancestry. She has
lived, traveled and worked extensively in South Sudan and Ethiopia.
Kibre Dawit is a development professional who has demonstrated her devotion to developing her country by initiating a rural education and development project in the 1980’s, a university to train engineers, architects and urban planners in 2000, a secondary school focusing on the sciences to prepare students for engineering degrees at university in 2004, and a microfinance organization targeted to the economic empowerment of women, originally begun in the late 1980’s. She currently heads African Village Financial Services, a micro-finance share company established in 1989 in accordance with National Bank of Ethiopia regulations, and one of the first privately owned microfinance institutions in the country, targeting women. Her approach to her life has featured a remarkable openness to inspiration and unbowed courage to create and start new ventures encompassing development. Kibre completed her first feature length dramatic film in 2010 and is currently working developing the Kisama Film Institute.