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July 22nd, 2009
Live Chat with Aaron Brown, Eleni Gabre Madhin and the Filmmakers


Eleni Gabre-Madhin and Aaron BrownAfter the premiere of The Market Maker, WIDE ANGLE is pleased to invite you to join a live conversation about the film!

The Market Maker 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. WIDE ANGLE host Aaron Brown travels to Ethiopia with Gabre-Madhin and speaks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to explore the macro-economic implications of the Exchange.

You can participate in a live discussion with Eleni Gabre-Madhin, Aaron Brown, and the filmmakers, Eli Cane and Hugo Berkeley on Thursday July 23rd at 11 a.m. EST. The number you can call to participate live is (718) 506-1351.

Each of these people has traveled through the dusty chaotic markets of Ethiopia, following Gabre-Madhin’s path. Now, they want to hear your experiences, your travels and your views on the film and the challenges of development for a country such as Ethiopia.

To send us your questions in advance, leave a comment below, or send us your question on Twitter using #MarketMaker.

We look forward to hearing from you!

  • yonas

    There is no private ownership in Ethiopia,even the house my father build from the scratch is owned by
    the Goverment.

  • Charlie Cooper

    Obviously, there are great divisions among Ethiopians and controversy about the government. I have to agree with those who said that the show depicted Eleni as dedicated to eliminating poverty and helping the small farmer. But I also have to agree with those who say that the show did not provide information on how the ECX helps small farmers.

    I really think PBS and Wide Angle need to address the valid questions raised here. I would love to be able to recommend the ECS as an example of economic progress for the subsistence farmer, but I can’t do that as thing stand.-

  • Sol

    This commodity exchange experiment is just another round of TPLF’s regime to put every thing under the control of Tigres. Why should the government interfere with how the people do buy and sell their products. I am sure at these brutal creatures would attempt even to control where every Ethiopian should buy what to eat.

    Nothing positive would come from this government for the majority of Ethiopians except for Tigres.

  • Petross

    what is the need for a commodity exchange? while the country’s political ground is very messy. I think the real dilemma could not be resolved until the political arena is fixed.

  • Claudette

    Bravo! Eleni you are truly on the cutting edge. It is long overdue for Africa to have its own Commodity Exchange. Now, if you can collaborate with Liberia, Nigeria, Congo, Coates D’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana this will truly become more than just stability in the continent for “Commoidty Stability Futures Trade” but an unlikely emerging market to trade with the rest of the world. I am on board with your efforts as I work on my own project for Liberia. It is not easy working on your with limited resources but, I believe in you. Stick with it and my god speed you in your efforts. I am refreshed by your global effots and feel prividged to have witnessed your great deeds for your country.
    I regret not being able to speak with you online as I just saw the film this morning. Please com back and chat with us all again.

    Claudette de la Haye
    Oak Park, MI USA

  • Mekonnen Teshome (journalist)

    Dr.Eleni Gabre-Madhin ,the nicest guest you have ever had.

  • Daniel Y

    There are a lot of people making unsubstantiated accusations that are so disingenuous especially in claiming ones dream from an early age is somehow related to some ethnic conspiracy. This $h*t has got to stop and we as people better learn to give credit when credit is due.

    To put something of this magnitude requires an immense level of dedication and years of research. It is mind boggling to hear folks criticize Dr. Eleni based on something she was born into rather than on substance. Don’t get me wrong, criticism is a health thing so long as it advances a common purpose but some here in the post are making a non-arguments that is totally shameful and bigoted.

    When are we going to stop a culture of mistrust when we don’t educate ourselves the process involved in making something like this happen. I bet you those that are mouthing nonsense are the least interested in being educated but are of a mindset that has been a cult for advancement for many centuries.

    Please understand the fundamentals, the process, do your research, seek knowledge, and you will find out that this is a revolutionary change that will have a huge impact not only in trade but also in our financial institutions, communication, transportation and information technology industries.

    Dr. Eleni – if you read this, you must know what you are doing is not only a huge contribution to farmers and consumers of commodity in Ethiopia and the world but also as a woman you are a true role model to our daughters.

    Some sure are intimidated by your success and will try to undermine your accomplishment but don’t let them get to you. Continue with your vision and expanding ECX’s operation to reach out as many farmers into the 21st century. I command you and the many dedicated staff who are pouring their heart to make ECX a success.

    Best for a continued success!

    “Race hate isn’t human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.” – Orson Welles

  • Linda Woods

    Congradulations Eleni! I just watched the documentary last week. I know that the class of ’82 is are all behind you, praying for you and this vision of yours. May God grant you success so that every last farmer can sell his grain at fair prices and everyone in your great country can have access to what they need.

  • Baffled

    I do not understand why some people think it is to the advantage of the current Ethio gov when something good is highlighted in our country. From their post they sound like they would like everything bad including famine to happen in Ethio so that they can blame it on the current govt. No doubt this govt has so many defects to it that it is not even a point anyone would really argue. Yet they seen no better to me what they can point out about Eleni is she is Tigria. Boohoo, is that not one of the things we hated about this govt? that it is tribal.

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