Trailer | Wax and Gold (ሰም እና ወርቅ) – A Documentary About Ethiopian Music (Uthiopian Music)

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Ethiopia is among the most beloved coffee origins—not just the country where coffee is said to have originated, but also the producer of some of the world’s most delicious specialty coffees.

This spectacular setting provides the backdrop for the new short film Wax & Gold, produced by Portland, Ore.-based Stumptown Coffee in partnership with California-based film company Farm League. In a press release, Stumptown describes the film—which is directed by Britton Caillouette of Farm League—as “a visual poem evoking a nuanced narrative portrait of this incredible place. Putting form to tension between history and contemporary life, the film relies on strong, timeless imagery, layered sound design, and driving music to create an immersive experience.”

Also included in the film is Haile Gebre of Ethiopia’s Mordecofe, who has been growing coffee since the 1950s and is regarded by Stumptown as a legend in specialty coffee. “The man has had such an impact on Ethiopian coffee, from forming coffee clubs to building washing stations and mobilizing cooperatives, not to mention his family’s continuing contribution to specialty coffee

Wax & Gold (2019) was produced by Stumptown Coffee Roasters in partnership with Farm League. The film documents their travels to Ethiopia to learn more about its rich history, which serves as the underpinnings for a contemporary cultural tapestry that interweaves the very old and the very new.

Directed by Britton Caillouette of Farm League, Wax & Gold is a visual poem evoking a nuanced narrative portrait of this incredible place. Putting form to tension between history and contemporary life, the film relies on strong, timeless imagery, layered sound design and driving music to create an immersive experience.

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