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TEZA

TEZA
Scene from "Teza" (photo © Pandora Film)

Freshly graduated from a German university, Anberber returns to his native Ethiopia. Hoping to put his newly acquired knowledge to good use and eager to strengthen and rebuild his homeland that has become impoverished under the military junta, he both inspires hope and faces disillusionment, feeling estranged from his own people.


Haile Gerima was born in Gondar/Ethiopia and studied at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and UCLA. Gerima\'s works often comment on the physical, cultural and psychological dislocation of people of color during and after the era of slavery. Martin Scorsese praised him for his Harvest: 3000 Years which won a Silver Leopard in Locarno in 1975 and was screened in a restored version in Cannes in 2006. A selection of his films includes: Hour Glass (1971), Child of Resistance (1972), Bush Mama (1979), Ashes and Ambers (1982), Sankofa (1993), Adwa (1999), and Teza (2008), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Haile Gerima
Screenplay Haile Gerima
Cinematography Mario Masini
Haile Gerima, Loren Hankin
Vi\'yay Iyer, Jorga Mesfin
Patrick Dechesne, Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Seyum Ayana
Cast Mengistu Zelalem, Wuhib Bayu, Zenahbezu Tsega, Takelech Beyene, Veronika Avraham, Araba Evelyn Johnston-Arthur, Aaron Arefe, Abiye Tedla, Nebiyu Baye, Teje Tesfahun, Asrate Abrham
Producers Karl Baumgartner, Haile Gerima
Production Companies Negod-gwad Production/Addis Ababa, Pandora Film Produktion, in co-production with Unlimited Films/Paris, WDR
Length 140 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Amharish
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Venice 2008 (In Competition), Toronto 2008 (Contemporary World Cinema), Goteborg 2009, Rotterdam 2009, Karlovy Vary 2009, Rio 2009, Locarno 2014
Awards Special Jury Award & Best Screenplay Venice 2008
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmfoerderung Hamburg Schleswi

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