The Unforgettable Movie

The Unforgettable: Teza (2008)

Teza, an Amharic language for “Dew” is a 140 minutes 2008 Ethiopian drama film about the Derg period in Ethiopia. Teza won the top award at the 2009 Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou. Haile Gerima directed and wrote the film.

Film synopsis

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.

Directed byHaile Gerima
Written byHaile Gerima
Produced byPhilippe Avril
Karl Baumgartner
Marie-Michèlegravele Cattelain
Haile Gerima
CinematographyMario Masini
Edited byHaile Gerima
Loren Hankin
Music byVijay Iyer
Jorga Mesfin
Distributed byMypheduh Films (US)
Running time140 minutes

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Oba Adio

Oba Adio is an Afrocentric film aficionado. A Pan-African at heart. And an advocate for proper representation of African Spirituality and values in Arts

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