Haïle Gerima


The great Ethiopian filmmaker Haïle Gerima came to UCLA to study filmmaking in the early 70s, and it was during that time that he conceived HARVEST: 3000 YEARS. It was made on the run, right after the overthrow of Haïle Selassie and right before the installation of a military dictatorship. This is the story of an entire people, and its collective longing for justice and good faith. An epic, not in scale but in emotional and political scope.” (Martin Scorsese)

Ethiopia 1975
Regie: Haïle Gerima
137 min, 35mm, s/w, OF mit ital. UT; restauriert 2006 von der Cinemateca di Bologna
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The film starts in Africa, in Ghana, where there is an interplay between a tour group and a photo shoot of Mona, an African American model. In the middle of the shoot, a mysterious man appears, claiming to be the guardian of the castle, he tells the tour group to go away, and Mona to go back to her past.

Ghana/Burkina Faso/D/USA 1993
Regie: Haile Gerima
125 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT


The film is about 30 years of Ethiopian history in which Imperialism was followed by Marxism and the people’s frenzy remained the same. Anberber has studied in Germany and returns post-graduate to Ethiopia. He is full of hope that he can support his country with his newly acquired knowledge. His pretentious attitude derives from his breeding and education where he was in contact with political progressives and activists. Unexpectedly his destiny pushes him right into the collective massacre. It’s a story about hope and disillusionment, about foreignness and homeland.

Ethiopia/D/F 2008
Regie: Haïle Gerima
140 min, 5mm, Farbe; OF mit dt. UT
Venedig 2008, Fespaco 2009
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