Günther Schlee
Günther Schlee
Phone: +49 (0) 345 29 27 101

Project management

Verena Böll

Staff members

Ambaye Ogato
Robert Dobslaw

Project duration Part I

October 2016- October 2018

Haile Selassie Film Project

Film project about the funeral of Emperor Haile Selassie in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, in the year 2000 – a two-part documentary

The funeral of Emperor Haile Selassie I took place in Addis Abeba under the auspices of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church on 5 November 2000, 25 years after his death on 27 August 1975. The anthropologists Günther Schlee and Georg Haneke attended the funeral and filmed this historical event. Since then, the extensive footage has been kept in the archives of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

A research project set up in 2016 has enabled anthropologists and ethnographic filmmakers to use this footage in makinge a two-part documentary:  

  1. a 45-minute film about the ceremony itself
  2. and a 45-minute documentary about the meaning that the funeral has for the Rastafarians of Shashamane, Ethiopia. The Rastafarian view of this event is unique, as they venerate Emperor Haile Selassie as God.
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