Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 10, 2011.

Update #10

MERKATO: SCREENER + AWARD

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Hello Kick Starter Supporters,

I am pleased to announce the online screener of MERKATO is available to you. It will be sent to your emails today. It is pasword protected site in order to remain eligible to screen at film festivals. 

It has been an astonishing two years to complete this project and I am so proud and truly honored to let her go. The film took home the audience award for "Favorite Documentary Short" at the Black Star Film Festival. I will be working hard to create other possibilities of screenings + installations (including official screening in Merkato) this year.

I am in the process of creating the packaging designs and experiencing some minor delays.  As an artist I want to make sure this fits the esthetic of the project. I promise they will reach you soon!

Thank you again for your trust and believing in this project. This piece of art is a direct result of your love + support. 

Best Wishes,

::Sosena::

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Update #9

:: MERKATO 2013 Premiere ::

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Hi Kickstarter supporters,

I hope you are all having a joyful summer!

My personal experiences wrapping up Merkato was deeply challenging, yet a magical journey. I have learned so much about my own process as a filmmaker and artist. I want to thank all of you for your extreme patience and belief in this project. As an artist making documentary films, I find each journey is always one of many paths. Choosing the direction to take this story was indeed a humbling experience. It was important for me to make this an authentic piece of work that speaks volumes about my experience with the amazing people of Merkato.

I am extremely happy to share the final piece with you all. The first screening of the film premiers at the Black Star Film Festival, August 1st - August 4th, 2013. The film premiers as a short at the International House in Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut Street) on Friday, August 2nd at 8:30pm. All advanced copies will be sent beforehand to all pledged supporters. For those who pledged additional items, these will be released in Fall 2013.

Thank you again for helping make this project happen.

Very best,
::Sosena Solomon::

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Update #8

:::MERKATO::: MAKES THE HOT DOCS FORUM!

I am truly excited :::MERKATO:: has been officially selected from 150 projects to pitch to broadcasters at the HOTDOCS FORUM in Toronto! ♥!! Thank you for all your support in making this happen!! 

:::Sosena:::

http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/hot-docs-unveils-25-projects-selected-for-buyer-forum-merkato-doc-on-ethiopian-open-air-markets-makes-cut


Update #7

Happy Holidays From :::MERKATO:::

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It has been a fabulous yet very busy time for us. :::Merkato::: has been featured in several online publications, photography installations, and the 2011 African Gathering Conference in Washington DC. We are really grateful for the overwhelming global support. Thank you!

We are still in our final stages of editing, and will deliver the advanced copies of the DVD as soon as we reach our final cut. Thank you all for your patience and excitement as we bring you this beautiful film & rewards in the New Year.

Blessings,

Sosena

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Update #6

WE DID IT!!!

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 A TREMENDOUS THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!! THE POWER OF OUR COMMUNITY IS INCREDIBLE! BECAUSE OF YOU ::::MERKATO::::THE FILM & PHOTO BOOK WILL NOW BE FUNDED!

IN A FEW DAYS WE RAISED $14,710...224 BACKERS...& REACHED OVER 2,900 FACEBOOK LIKES!!! MY DEEPEST LOVE & GRATITUDE. 

IT IS MY DEEPEST HONOR TO SHARE THIS BEAUTIFUL WORK WITH YOU!!

BLESSINGS,

::SOSENA:::

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