DIRECTOR: HAILE GERIMA
CAST: AARON AREFE, ABIYE TEDLA, TAKELECH BEYENE
Q&A with Michelle Materre of Creatively Speaking and Kazembe Balagun following the 1:30pm screening on Saturday, December 1.
Gerima, a key figure in the explosion of Black filmmaking genius that was the L.A. Rebellion, offers a rich, morally complex tale of homecoming in his native Ethiopia. Intellectual Anberber (Aaron Arefe) returns to his homeland after years spent studying medicine in Germany, only to find the country of his youth unrecognizable, in turmoil under the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu, whose military junta uses scientists for its own political ends. Finding no refuge from sectarian violence in his old country home, Anberber must decide on a conscientious way to cope with a situation beyond conscience.
Screening as a part of Double Exposure.
Kazembe Balagun recently contributed an essay on “We Be Reading Marx Where We From: Socialism and the Black Freedom Struggle” to the book Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA (2014). He is now the Project Manager North America / United Nations for Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung New York City.