Helen Kassa (ሄልን ካሳ)
Helen Kassa was born in Asmara, Eritrea and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Helen grew up reading the works of legendary Ethiopian writers and poets, inspiring a deep desire to craft her own story telling and share it with the world. In 2004 Helen moved to Australia, where she further perused her dream of sharing her story telling through film, and in 2014 completed a bachelor of Film and Production at SAE Institute of Melbourne.
Helen is a graduate of the Footscray Community Arts Centres’ Emerging Cultural Leadership program (2011). Her poetic and written work has been read and published on SBS radio Australia, 3CR and multiple community events within Australia, Ethiopia and America. And in 2012 Helen published her first book of poetry Gitimina ene “ግጥምና እኔ” (Poetry and me). Helen gives a voice for disadvantaged young Australians through performance art, film, documentary, poetry and music videos. She sees a need for the stories of African Australian’s to be heard and seen.