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Aida Muluneh


Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Muluneh left the country at a young age and spent an itinerant childhood between Yemen and England. After several years pent up in a boarding school in Cyprus, cut off from her friends and family, she finally settled in Canada in 1985. In high school, inspired partly by distorted media images of the Ethiopian famine, she began taking photographs.

After studying film at Howard University in Washington, D.C., she went on to work as a freelance photographer for The Washington Post. Then In 2003, Muluneh was chosen to be part of the groundbreaking show "Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. Later that same year, she made an appearance on “Imágenes Havana” a group photography exhibition in Havana, Cuba - the same fortuitous encounter that led to "The Unhealing Wound.” As with her photographs, she continues in this powerful documentary to explore her own stated fascination with "how much cultural retention is possible without, necessarily, cultural interaction."

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