Shot entirely in Ethiopia, the Memory Box is a story of tragedy and hope in Africa through the eyes of a most unique, chaplinesque clown called Dawish. Joining a volunteer surgical team from the West, Dawish is drawn beyond the hospital into the villages of rural Africa where the language of pantomime and wit is a universal tongue. He is at home both with the primitive tribes-people of the Omo Valley and the most urbane of the capitol city, Addis Ababa. Dawish is invited into homes, churches, AIDS centers and orphanages where he finds the humanity behind the headlines of poverty, prostitution, hunger, AIDS and hopelessness. Through the eyes of Dawish the Clown, the viewer is given a fresh view, a new perspective on the cynical predictability of the tragedy of Africa.

"As I stumble through this life,
help me to create more laughter than tears...
Never let me become so indifferent,
that I will fail to see the wonders in the eyes of a child."
From A Clown's Prayer

Aired on TV

Canal+ Poland
Starfish television Network, Prime Time TV


Accolade Competition | Award of Excellence | January, 2012 | California [USA]

Best Short Festival | Award of Excellence | December, 2011 | California [USA]

5th Edition of Addis International Film Festival | Official selection | June 23th, 2011 | Addis Ababa [Ethiopia]

5th Edition of the Montréal Human Rights Film Festival | Official Selection in Art and Resistance Category for the documentary Grand Prize along and the Public Prize | March 19th and 21st, 2010 | Cinéma du Parc Montréal (Qc) [Canada]

Boston International Film Festival, Official selection 2009

57th Columbus International Film Festival, Honourable Mention 2009

Rallye Expo Pan-Africa International 2008 National Film Board of Canada

Other events

Lycée Carcado Saisseval  Private Screening Room 2011, Paris, France

Hostal San Martin - IRTRA  Private Screening Room 2011, Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Espace Hortense 2010, P’tit Bonheur de Saint-Camille, Canada

400th Québec anniversary

Wilshire Private Screening Room 2008, Los Angeles

RDP Detention Center 2006-2010, Montréal

Montreal Native Friendship Center, Montréal

Rotary Club 2008, France

International Children Day 2008, SAT, Montréal


Director — Stephen Auerbach & Wayne Schoenfeld
Main Unit Director — Michele Mattei
Producers — Nadia Duguay and Exeko
Editor — Stephen Auerbach
Still Photographer — Wayne Schoenfeld
Starring-Dawish the Clown — David Fiset of Clowns Without Borders Canada

Special Thanks to

Patch Adams, Gesundheit Institute
Wossene Bowler, Life’s second chance foundation for her loving and tireless support to cancer patients in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Airlines
Color Processing, Film Look, Burband


Abere Mihretie, Anti Malarial Association
Rotary Club, Addis Ababa
Ethiopian Ministry of Information
Ethiopian National Television


Cirque du Soleil
Rotaplast Canada
Rotary Club, Kelowna, BC
Production Illuzao
Jouets Boom
Metal Vegetal Concept
Mega Brands
Les 7 doigts de la main
Vezina Party Center
Travel Arrangement by
Varoujan Meneshian, Willet Travel, Studio City
Selam Travel, Los Angeles
Abyssinian flight services

Based on the monograph book “Through this world but once” published by Great Circle Books

Editor in Chief, Rex Weiner
Kim Willis, Hewlett Packard
Baret Lepagian, A&I Hollywood
Copyright MMVII Steven Wayne Company

The filmmakers wish to acknowledge their loved ones

Chloe, lily & Joy Auerbach
Nancy Dunn Schoenfeld
Without whose love and support this film could never have been made