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The beauty of ancient Ethiopia is presented in the style of Cecil B. DeMille's 'Samson and Delilah'. The Queen of Sheba is given the same status as King Solomon, and their offspring, Menelik l, is given the same claim to antiquity as Samson.

This short film begins with a voiceover in the same way that 'Samson and Delilah' begins with a voiceover by Cecil B. DeMille. It then segues into song by local Ethiopians as a backdrop to painted images of Makeda travelling to Jerusalem to see King Solomon. The mountainous terrain of Ethiopia substitutes the terrain of ancient Israel. The film then concludes with Menelik l bringing Judeo-Christianity to Ethiopia, extending the antiquity of the Old Testament to the antiquity of North East Africa. The question is: is this film about the Queen of Sheba, Menelik l or Ethiopia?
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