Finding Sally


The incredible story of a 23-year-old woman from an upper-class family who became a communist rebel with the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Party. Idealistic and in love, Sally got caught up in her country's revolutionary fervor and landed on the military government's most wanted list. She went underground and her family never saw her again. Four decades after Sally's disappearance, Tamara Dawit pieces together the mysterious life of her Aunt Sally. She revisits the Ethiopian revolution and the terrible massacre that followed, which resulted in nearly every Ethiopian family losing a loved one. Her quest leads her to question notions of belonging, personal convictions and political ideals at a time when Ethiopia is going through important political changes once again.

directed by

Tamara Mariam Dawit

director's bio

Tamara Dawit is an Ethiopian-Canadian filmmaker based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she runs a production company, Gobez Media. Tamara manages the Creative Producers Training Program which supports development, training, and export of Ethiopian film and music content. Tamara has produced documentary and digital content for CBC News, MTV, Radio-Canada, Discovery, NHK, and Al Jazeera among other networks.


Tamara Mariam Dawit


Isabelle Couture


75 minutes


Ethiopia, Canada


Feature Documentary