The Ethiopian director Haile Gerima made one of last century’s most recognizable African films, “Sankofa,” about the transatlantic slave trade. Now he has a new film, “Teza,” which revolves around themes of exile and dictatorship in Ethiopia. His eleventh film, “Teza” has won wide praise and lots of awards at festivals. But has not played on general release since it was first shown publicly last year. The film starts a week-long run in Manhattan from tomorrow night.
The New York Times has a decent profile of Gerima, who lives in DC, in the paper’s Arts section. (Above is the trailer for “Teza” and here is a link to a recent CNN “Inside Africa” profile). Go and support the film if you’re in New York City. I am going to try and see it.