Live Chat with Aaron Brown and Eleni Gabre-Madhin

Wide Angle is PBS’s Emmy-award winning, international current affairs documentary series. They are currently working on a documentary titled The Market Maker and are inviting you to be part of a live web discussion following the premiere of the film this week.

The film follows Eleni Gabre-Madhin, a charismatic Ethiopian economist who, in an effort to end hunger in her famine-plagued country, designs the country’s first commodities exchange, which she hopes will revolutionize an ancient market system whose inefficiencies have been partly responsible for the country’s persistent food shortages.

The film premieres on Wednesday, July 22.

As an additional feature to the film, Wide Angle will be hosting a live web discussion, during which you can join in a conversation with Gabre-Madhin, Wide Angle host Aaron Brown, and the filmmakers, Eli Cane and Hugo Berkeley.

Call-in Number: +1 (718) 506-1351
Upcoming Show: 7/23/2009 3:00 PM GMT
Host Name: PBS Wide Angle
Show Name: Live Chat with Aaron Brown and Eleni Gabre-Madhin

Length:     1 hr

Eleni Gabre-Madhin in an Ethiopian market
Eleni Gabre-Madhin in an Ethiopian market

Description: Eleni Gabre-Madhin is a woman with a dream. The charismatic Ethiopian economist wants to end hunger in her famine-plagued country. But rather than relying on foreign aid or new agricultural technology, she has a truly radical plan. She has designed the nation’s first commodities exchange, which she hopes will revolutionize an ancient market system whose inefficiencies have been partly responsible for the country’s persistent food shortages. WIDE ANGLE travels to East Africa for The Market Maker, hosted by anchor Aaron Brown, to tell the dramatic, intimate story of a woman on a mission – and a world of trouble standing in her way. The morning after the film’s premiere, join a live chat with Gabre-Madhin, the filmmakers, and host Aaron Brown.

5 Comments

  1. I’m proud to associate with such a worthy course.
    This great awakening is what Africa needs desperately. Eleni carry on!

  2. Ethiopia’s history dating back to the Bible is that of Economic stability.

    What it is now is a night mare.

    It takes few men and women of ideas and vision to bring about this economic restoration.

    My lesson to Eleni is to persuasively sell the idea to the citizenry not the government. And then use social internet networking as a tool for this transformation.

  3. Finally, there is a new breed of Africans emerging whose passion is to see a new Africa emerge. That is void of war, political division, poverty and visionless leadership.

    Their emphasis is not on clinching political power for selfish reasons but to advance humanity.

    They may not be public leaders but private reformers in various sectors of their nation’s economy, being and helping others to become their best.

    Eleni is one of them! You are one of them!
    I’m also one of them!

  4. I was wondering if there was a way to get into contact with Ms Gabre-Madhan? If there is I would appreciate it. I may have a few ideas that may help her with her market in Ethiopia. Please if someone could help me reach her my email is [email protected] Thank You very much.

  5. Am a regular viewer of multi-tv, however l have my interest like anyone who goes to market for shopping, kindly bring back the late nite movie during weekends for me and my friends okay, some of us get some things done well during the discussions, thank you very much.

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