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Teza (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 April 2010 (France)
The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and ... See full summary »

Director:

Haile Gerima

Writer:

Haile Gerima (screenplay)
8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Aaron Arefe Aaron Arefe ... Anberber
Abiye Tedla Abiye Tedla ... Tesfaye
Takelech Beyene Takelech Beyene ... Tadfe
Teje Tesfahun Teje Tesfahun ... Azanu
Nebiyu Baye Nebiyu Baye ... Ayalew
Wuhib Bayu Wuhib Bayu ... Abdul
Araba E. Johnston Arthur Araba E. Johnston Arthur ... Cassandra (as Araba Evelyn Arthur-Johnston)
Veronika Avraham Veronika Avraham ... Gabi
Mengistu Zelalem Mengistu Zelalem ... Anberber as a child
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The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and powerlessness at the dissolution of his people's humanity and social values. After several years spent studying medicine in Germany, he finds the country of his youth replaced by turmoil. His dream of using his craft to improve the health of Ethiopians is squashed by a military junta that uses scientists for its own political ends. Seeking the comfort of his countryside home, Anberber finds no refuge from violence. The solace that the memories of his youth provide is quickly replaced by the competing forces of military and rebelling factions. Anberber needs to decide whether he wants to bear the strain or piece together a life from the fragments that lie around him. Written by Venice Film Festival

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Ethiopia | Germany | France

Language:

Amharic | English | German

Release Date:

28 April 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Morgentau See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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The quest for freedom is marred by the hunger for power, creating a nightmare whose end lies in a complicated synthesis of past and present.
5 October 2009 | by pmatabaneSee all my reviews

This film establishes Gerima as the artist-prophet and places him side by side with Sembene. He artistically presents the quest for African freedom in the post-colonial era as a human struggle for freedom pursued by people flawed by their humanity not by their race. Gerima gives dignity to the ideals of those thirsting for freedom AND democracy. The film redeems a generation that experienced many failures in their noble effects because they were late in seeing how the hunger for power creates monsters in all men and women irrespective of race or nationality or relationship to oppression. This is a film for serious, thinking people who want to make a positive difference in the world.


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