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by Haile Gerima


The return of the African intellectual Anberber to his native country during the repressive Marxist 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, Anberber returns to Ethiopia only to find 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 their 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 lay around him.

international title: Teza
original title: Teza
country: Germany, Ethiopia, France
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Haile Gerima
release date: FR 28/04/2010, DE 05/05/2011
screenplay: Haile Gerima
cast: Aron Arefe, Abiye Tedla, Takelech Beyene, Teje Tesfahun, Nebiyu Baye, Mengistu Zelalem, Wuhib Bayu
cinematography by: Mario Masini
film editing: Haile Gerima, Loren Hankin
art director: Patrick Dechesne, Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Seyum Ayana, Tim Pannen
costumes designer: Wassene Hailu-Klotz
music: Vijay Iyer & Jorga Mesfin
producer: Haile Gerima, Karl Baumgartner, Marie-Michèle Cattelain, Philippe Avril
production: Pandora Film Produktion, Unlimited, WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Negod-gwad Production (ET)
backing: Filmstiftung NRW, WDR/ ARTE, Filmförderung Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein, Hubert Bals Fund, Fonds Sud Cinéma Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication CNC, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères France, Fonds Images Afrique, Union Européenne (Fonds européen de développement), Communauté Urbaine de Strasbourg, Région Alsace
distributor: Venus Film


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