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Filmmaker to Screen Award-Winning Documentary about Miraculous Turnaround in Ethiopian Girl’s Life

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 1, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J.  – Filmmaker Melissa Donovan will screen and lead a discussion of her film, Zemene, at Ramapo College on Monday, October 19, from 1 to 2:50 p.m.  This presentation, taking place in the Alumni Lounges (SC-156/57) of the Robert A. Scott Student Center, is free and open to the public.  Funded through the College’s Platinum Series, this event is co-sponsored by the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Communication Arts’ Cinematheque Series.

Donovan will discuss her multiple roles as director, editor, cinematographer and producer of her award-winning premiere documentary.  The renowned cinematographer’s diversified experience, spanning over her 15-year career, has included work in film and commercial production for various corporate clients.

Zemene follows a young Ethiopian girl’s bravery as she struggles with poverty, poor education and illness.  Filmed throughout the countryside of Ethiopia, Zemene attests to the power of compassion by following Zemene through a series of life-changing events.  The film has received eight awards, including Best Documentary and Best Filmmaker, from several local and international film festivals.

For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201-684-7409.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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