Haile Gerima is an Ethopian American independent filmmaker and professor at Howard University. If you’ve studied film history you’ve (hopefully!) seen if not at least read references to his acclaimed film Sankofa. Gerima’s film Teza will be screening tonight at the International House of Philadelphia as part of the incredible L.A. Rebellion Series I mentioned recently.
Friday, January 25, 2013 @ 8:00PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $8 students/seniors, $5 Scribe and Reelblack members
Free for students, faculty and staff of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.
Purchase your tickets today at: http://ihousephilly.org/events/teza/
Director Haile Gerima in person!
Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia, Cinema Studies at University of Pennsylvania, History of Art Department at University of Pennsylvania, The Center for Africana Studies at University of Pennsylvania, Program in Visual Studies at University of Pennsylvania, Film and Media Arts at Temple University, and Reelblack
Teza (Ethiopia/Germany, 2008, 140 mins), set in Germany and Ethiopia, examines the displacement of African intellectuals, both at home and abroad, through the story of a young, idealistic Ethiopian doctor – Anberber (Aaron Arefe). The film chronicles Anberber’s internal struggle to stay true, both to himself and to his homeland, but above all, Teza explores the possession of memory – a right humanity mandates that each of us have – the right to own our pasts.
After spending several years in Germany studying medicine, Anberber returns to Ethiopia only to find the country of his youth replaced by turmoil. His dream of using his expertise and talent to improve the health care of Ethiopians is squashed by a military junta that use scientists for its own political ends.