COVID-19 is crushing Ethiopian entertainers, just when we need them the most

By Dawit Adane Ethiopia’s booming entertainment industry has been devastated by restrictions enacted to try and counter the spread of the novel coronavirus. The prominent Ethiopian film producer Yosep Kassa has been devastated by the coronavirus. Yosep, who founded Falkan Film Productions five years ago, has seen all eight of his films reach the top five and gross big numbers.  But his ninth project, while finished, is stuck in pandemic limbo, leaving him with no income to pay the cost of the film, while he has financial obligations totaling 7,000 birr ($195) every month. Yosep also owns two cinema houses at

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